Tigers Taking to the Road for WBI Championship Game
March 27, 2010
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For the first time since the Conference USA tournament, the University of Memphis women's basketball team (20-13) is taking to the road for the championship game in the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI). The Tigers will face Appalachian State (22-12) in the championship game of the first annual WBI tournament, Sunday, at 2 p.m. (ET) in Boone, N.C.
The championship game appearance is the first for the Tigers since the 1982-83, when Memphis was a finalist in the National Women's Invitational Tournament.
Memphis has used defense and balanced scoring to put together a three-game winning streak. Against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Tigers forced 33 turnovers and used the turnovers to get out in transition, outscoring the Islanders 33-12 in points off turnovers.
Sophomore guard Ramses Lonlack had a career-best seven steals in the win over TAMUCC, adding 18 points and four rebounds. LaToya Bullard returned to the starting line-up for the first time in the tournament run, adding 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting and leading Memphis with five assists and a steal in the win. Alex Winchell added 10 points off the bench, along withthree steals and two assists, while freshman Chatia Kelsey added a career-best nine points with two steals in 20 minutes of play.
Appalachian State, like Memphis, built a big lead to start their WBI semifinal game, and never looked back, downing conference foe College of Charleston for a third time this season by a 77-58 score.
Freshman 6-3 Ashlen Dewart scored 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting in the win over College of Charleston. The freshman had six total rebounds and three steals, while freshman forward Anna Freeman added 17 points and nine rebounds. Junior Sam Ramirez is a third double-digit scorer scorer with 10.4 ppg.
ASU has won eight of the last 10 games and is 10-6 at home this season. Memphis has bounced back after losing three straight and is 6-6 on the road this year.
The Series History
Turn, Turn, Turn
Lonlack With the Steal
Dickson Rolling Toward 300
Kelsey Sets Career Mark
,b>Ellis Pushing Toward 500/500 Club
Winchell Looking for 700
Winchell Sets New Single Season Triple Mark