March 16, 2011
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Tigers Back in Post Season
The Memphis women's basketball team is back in the WNIT for the first time since the 2003-04 season and is in back-to-back post seasons for the first time since making three straight WNIT tournaments (1999-2001) after making four straight NCAA appearances (1995-1998). Memphis was last in the WNIT in 2003-04, advancing to the second round after defeating a Tulsa team that would join the league a year later in the opening round.
Record vs. the Crimson Tide
This will be the 12th meeting in the series between Memphis and Alabama. The Tigers lead the overall series 6-5, but Alabama is on a two-game winning streak vs. Memphis, including the last meeting, which was also part of the WNIT. In 2000-01, the Tigers lost to Alabama 65-55 in the regular season in Tuscaloosa, then ended up back in Tuscaloosa for the WNIT in the opening round, falling 77-67.
This will be the first-ever meeting for the Tigers with Alabama under Melissa McFerrin.
Tigers Advance to C-USA Semifinals
Memphis used a first round win over Southern Miss and a quarterfinal upset of No. 3 seed (and fellow WNIT qualifier) Rice to advance to the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament last weekend. That marked the Tigers' first appearance in the semifinal round of the C-USA Tournament since the 1997-98 season. The loss to eventual tournament champion UCF was the Tigers' first loss in the semifinal round in three tries.
Mumphrey Approaching Career Top 10 in Blocks
Senior Taylor Mumphrey is one block shy of moving in to the Memphis top 10 in career blocks heading into the final stretch of her collegiate career. A junior college transfer, Mumphrey now has 53 blocks in her two seasons at Memphis. She had two blocks in the win over Southern Miss in the opening game of the C-USA tournament, her first multiple block game since Feb. 6th. One more block would tie her with Raven Rogers (2001-05).
Lonlack Doubles Up
Junior guard Ramses Lonlack had her first double-double of the season in the win over Rice. She finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth career double-double. Her previous three double-doubles were against Mississippi State, UAB and Rice.
Winchell Working Toward Her Own Record
Alex Winchell hit three triples in the win over Rice and one in the loss to UCF in the C-USA tournament. Her 65 threes is the second-best single season mark in school history, just five behind her own single season record of 70 from last season. Winchell also owns the career mark in three-point field goals made at Memphis (212) and attempted (631).
Winchell Moves to Career Top Five
With her four assists against UCF in the semifinals, Winchell moved to 377 career assists. That pushes her past Tamika Butler's (2002-06) mark of 374 that was fifth in the school record book. Winchell would need a few WNIT games to get to fourth all-time, where Yolanda Reed's (1997-2000) mark of 398 sits.
Welcome Back Carter
Junior guard Brittany Carter returned to the Memphis line-up in the league tournament after missing five games with a foot injury. In her second game back in the line-up against Rice, Carter rung up a 21-point effort, including a 9-for-10 stroke from the free-throw line. That was her fourth 20-plus point game of the season and the best scoring output for her since a 32-point game in the win over East Carolina at FedExForum earlier this season.
Memphis wants to keep the score low, the lower, the better. The Tigers are 13-1 when holding opponents under 60 points. Against Rice, the Tigers held the Owls' top three scorers to a combined 20 points.
Avoiding Digging the Half Time Hole
It's important for the Tigers to get a good start to games. When the team trails at the half, Memphis is just 3-10 on the season. The three times Memphis has come back from halftime deficits were a 33-30 deficit in the win at Indiana, a 30-26 deficit to Marshall in the C-USA openers and a 29-27 deficit in the win at Tulsa. Memphis has never come back from a half time deficit greater than four points this season.
Lee Pushes Past 400th Point
Junior post Jasmine Lee had two outstanding games in the C-USA Championships, she scored 18 points with six rebounds in the win over Southern Miss, then had 15 points and five rebounds in the win over Rice. Lee got some good looks against UCF in the semifinal game, but a tough-shooting day from the field (2-for-11) had her finishing with eight points and nine rebounds. The eight points was enough to push her past the 400-career point mark in the first year of her Tiger career though. She has 401 career points heading in to Thursday night's game against Alabama, her home-state team.
Carter Passes 1,000 Career Points
Brittany Carter passed the 1,000 point mark in the win over Southern Miss in the C-USA Tournament. She became the 20th player in Memphis history to score 1,000 or more points in a career. She hit the 1,000 point mark in 60 career games, making her the third-fastest player to the grand mark in school history, behind LaTonya Johnson (54 games), and Keeta Matthews (55 games). Carter enters the Alabama game with 1,036 career points, just 10 behind Terri Galloway's (1973-76) mark of 1,046, which is currently 18th in the Tiger record book.
Winchell and Ellis Set New Career Mark
Seniors Alex Winchell and Savannah Ellis are the team's lone four-year seniors, and two years' worth of post-season play has helped the duo set a new standard in career games played. Winchell now holds the Memphis career mark in games played with 127. Ellis is currently second with 124 career games played. The previous mark was 121, held by Heather Phillips (1995-99), Regina Street (1981-85) and Kelly Herron (1997-2001).
Dickson Passes 600th Career Point, Has a Three-Point Drought in Last Five Games
The next Tiger to hit the 1,000 point club may be junior Ramses Lonlack (who enters Thursday's WNIT game with 861 points), but sophomore forward Nicole Dickson will likely be right behind her. Dickson bounced back from two rough shooting games in the opening rounds of the C-USA tournament to shoot 7-for-12 from the field in the loss to UCF. That 15 point night gives her 606 career points heading in to the WNIT draw.
Dickson, who is second on the roster with 36 three-point field goals made this season, has a drought going from beyond the arc as of late. In fact, she hasn't connected on a triple since a 3-for-10 night from beyond the arc in the win over SMU. That is a five-game drought for the Greeneville, Tenn., native. In the last 10 games, she is 11-for-39 from beyond the arc. Part of that stretch was the five games without Brittany Carter in the line-up and the tweaking of the Tiger offense to get Dickson more active in scoring without Carter in the line-up.
Carter Garners Second C-USA First Team Honor
She missed over a quarter of Memphis' Conference USA games, but junior guard Brittany Carter became just the fifth player in Tiger history to earn multiple all-conference first team honors when she was voted to the 2010-2011 All Conference USA First Team by the league coaches, media and SIDs.
Memphis Multiple First Team All-Conference Award Winners
Tamika Whitmore, Conference USA -- 1997, 1998, 1999
Keeta Matthews, Great Midwest -- 1993, 1994, 1995
Brittany Carter, Conference USA -- 2010, 2011
LaTonya Johnson, Conference USA -- 1996, 1998 -- Great Midwest 1995
Regina Street, Metro Conference -- 1984, 1985
Lonlack Repeats Defensive Team Honor
The Conference USA All-Defensive Team was in existence for four seasons before a Tiger got her name etched into the history books as one of the league's best defenders, but junior guard Ramses Lonlack made sure that Memphis was represented again this year with her second straight All-Defensive Team award. Lonlack and Courtney Taylor of Houston are the only repeat recipient on the team from last year.
Through three seasons at Memphis, Lonlack already ranks sixth in school history in steals with 234 steals through 97 career games. She will move into the career top five sometime next season, as she is well back from fifth place Kim Duppins' (1978-82) mark of 281.
Conference USA Tournament Coming To Memphis
The 2011-2012 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship will be held in Memphis for just the second time in school history it was announced in February. The women's tournament, which will be held at the same time as the men's tournament, which returns to Memphis after a two-year absence, will hold the first two rounds in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse and the semifinals and finals in FedExForum. The dates for the tournament will be March 6-10, 2012.
Abdul-Qaadir to be Honored at Women's Final Four
Freshman point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir will be honored by the U.S. Basketball Writers' Association (USBWA) at the women's Final Four in Indianapolis next month. Abdul-Qaadir was named the organization's female Most Courageous Award Winner back in February. She was recognized for her decision to play Division I college basketball with her hair, arms and legs covered in accordance to her Muslim faith. She is believed to be the first Division I player to play with her hair, arms and legs covered.
Dickson Looking to Move Into Career Top 10 in Triples
In the final home game of the season, Tiger fans got to see senior point guard Alex Winchell set the Memphis career record with five three-point field goals. But while Winchell was working on the top part of the career record list, sophomore forward Nicole Dickson is looking to start some work on the bottom half of the list. Dickson, in 64 career games, has hit 59 career triples. She needs just six more threes to move into a tie for 10th with former Tiger Jessica Hall (2004-05, 2007-08).