Tiffany Adkins Named to C-USA Preseason Team
Nov. 1, 2000
CHICAGO, ILL. - University of Memphis' Tiffany Adkins was named to the Conference USA preseason all conference team as released by the league office today. The Lady Tigers are picked to finish third in the National Division behind Tulane and UAB.
Adkins, a 6-1 senior forward, led the Lady Tigers in scoring last season, averaging 15.1 points per game in just her first year with the squad. The All-America candidate is expected to lead Memphis again this season as one of four seniors on the team.
A native of Newbern, Tenn., Adkins transferred to the U of M from Ole Miss where she was instrumental in the Lady Rebels' successes during her freshman and sophomore seasons. Adkins was named to the SEC all-freshman team in her first collegiate season. She had to sit out the first nine games of the 1999-2000 season at Memphis because of NCAA transfer rules.
Adkins was named to the C-USA third team last season after totaling 15.1 points and 6.0 rebounds as a junior. She was the only Lady Tiger to score 30 or more points in a game after a career high 36 points against Arkansas State in the post-season WNIT. A 51.2-percent shooter from the field, Adkins scored in double digits in 16 of her 21 games last year. Memphis was 12-6 with Adkins in the starting lineup, and she averaged 17.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals in her last 10 games. She was named the team's Most Outstanding player and the Best Offensive player at the end-of-the-year banquet.
Joining Adkins on the preseason C-USA team were Deanna Jackson (UAB), Janell Burse (Tulane), Lenae Williams (DePaul) and Charlotte's Tonya Phifer. Jackson was named the preseason Player of the Year.
The Lady Tigers, which lost just one starter from last season, were picked by the coaches to finish third in the National Division. Tulane, which is coming off its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and second straight C-USA championship are picked to claim the title once again this year. UAB, which advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last year, was selected to finish second in the National Division ahead of Memphis. The Lady Tigers open C-USA action this season against UAB on Dec. 31 in Birmingham.
The Lady Tigers begin the 2000-01 season next week with an exhibition game against the Basketball Travelers on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 12:30 p.m. in The Fieldhouse. They will host Christian Brothers on Nov. 13 in an exhibition meeting before tipping off the regular season on Nov. 18 against Arkansas at The Pyramid.
2000-2001 PRESEASON COACHES POLL American Division 1. DePaul 2. Marquette 3. Cincinnati 4. Charlotte 5. Louisville 6. Saint Louis National Division 1. Tulane 2. UAB 3. Memphis 4. Southern Miss 5. Houston 6. South Florida