Hello American Athletic Conference, We Are Memphis:
On July 1, the University of Memphis officially became a member of the American Athletic Conference. Beginning July 8, GoTigersGo.com brings a daily introduction of each sport at the University of Memphis to the American Athletic Conference. The sport schedule is below with links to previously featured programs.
Tigers great Tamika Whitmore played in the WNBA for 11 seasons. Whitmore was drafted in 1999 and was a WNBA All-Star. She was the NCAA scoring leader in her final season at Memphis, averaging 26.3 ppg. She was the program's second WNBA draftee, following LaTonya Johnson, who was drafted in 1998 by the Utah Starzz. Johnson played seven seasons in the WNBA before returning to Memphis in 2007-08 to complete her degree.
Tamika Whitmore averaged a NCAA best 26.3 ppg in her final season at Memphis
M Club Hall of Fame Members
Twelve women's basketball standouts have been inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame. Most recently, Wanda Dillard who was inducted in the 2012 M Club Hall of Fame class.
Wanda Dillard was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame in 2012
Postseason Award Winners Under McFerrin
Under the guidance of Coach McFerrin, 14 Tigers have won postseason accolades including; Jasmine Lee (Player of the Year), Ramses Lonlack (Defensive Player of the Year) and three-time all-conference honoree Brittany Carter.
Jasmine Lee was named the 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year
Brittany Carter's Single Game Scoring Record
Then-sophomore Brittany Carter scored 49 points in a tournament at the University of Washington to set a new U of M single game scoring record. The 49 points was more than any men's or women's basketball player in school history had ever recorded. Carter was 15-for-20 from the free-throw line in that game and 16-for-28 from the floor. Carter capped her three-year Memphis career with 1,437 points, ranking her 14th in school history.
Brittany Carter set a new program record with 49 points in game
Women's Basketball Returns to Memphis
In 1972-73, women's basketball returned to Memphis State. That first team was coached by Mary Lou Johns and finished with a 17-6 mark. Coach Johns leads Memphis with 368 coaching victories. She guided her teams to two Metro Conference Championships, three NCAA Tournaments and 10 20-win seasons in her 20 year coaching career.
Coach Mary Lou Johns had 368 victories in her tenure at Memphis
First Year NCAA Tournament Apperance
The 1981-82 season was the first year the NCAA sponsored a women's basketball championship tournament and then-named Memphis State was in the tournament field. Memphis has appeared in the tournament seven times, most recently in the 1997-98 season.
The 1981-82 squad advanced to the first NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament
A New Beginning
A new conference isn't all that's new for the women's basketball program. Elma Roane Fieldhouse has undergone extensive renovations over the past three seasons and Phase II was completed with the facility opening in July of 2013.
Facilities upgrade at Elma Roane Fieldhouse included the strength and conditioning areas, training room, locker rooms and players lounge.