Women's Basketball Hosting Christian Brothers Saturday
Nov. 1, 2013
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Join us for a live blog of Memphis women's basketball vs. Christian Brothers beginning at 1:00 p.m. on November 2, 2013 at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Memphis Athletics Communications staff will be sharing some of the best tweets and images from social media as well as engaging with fans, answering questions and providing live updates during the game.
The University of Memphis women's basketball team will get a sneak preview of the upcoming 2013-14 season by hosting cross-town foe Christian Brothers, Saturday, at 2 p.m. That exhibition game will be played at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
It will be the first look for fans at a team that is looking to define its roles despite not having a single player on the roster with more than one year of experience in the Tigers' blue and gray. Seniors Pa'Sonna Hope and Devin Mack both transferred to Memphis prior to last season, with Hope coming north from Ole Miss, while Mack came to the Tigers from the junior college ranks. Both saw some action with the Tigers last year, but will be expected to expand those roles this year. Hope will be part of a shallow Tiger front court, while Mack will have a chance to fill the three-point shooting role emptied by the graduation of Nicole Dickson.
The backcourt is probably the deepest part of the Tigers' lineup, but is also young. Mack will figure into the mix at guard, as will returning sophomores Ariel Hearn and Jaymie Jackson, both of whom saw extensive playing time last year. Hearn was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team and is the team' s returning point guard, while Jackson is another year healthier after returning to action last year after missing her entire senior season in high school due to a knee injury. That duo has some help this year with the return of redshirt freshman Mooriah Rowser and the addition of freshmen Breigha Wilder-Cochran and Taylor Williams.
Up front, Hope could lead the team at the five position, and she has some experienced help back with the return of sophomore forward Asianna Fuqua-Bey. Fuqua-Bey made a big impact on the glass last year as a freshman, and could grow into a scoring role with Dickson, the team's leading scorer and rebounder last year, now graduated. Fellow sophomore forward Courtney Powell also returns up front for the Tigers. Powell played in just a handful of games behind a full front court, but could capitalize on some playing time now available in her second collegiate season. The Tigers are also hoping that freshman Brandi Goodman can quickly develop and figure in to the mix up front.
Memphis will be facing Christian Brothers, a team with a Tiger connection. Assistant coach Alex Winchell was a four-year letterwinner at Memphis and played her final two seasons of college basketball under Melissa McFerrin's tutelage. Winchell graduated as the program's all-time three-point shooter and ranks among the career top five in assists with the Tigers.
The game will be carried live on 91.7 FM, WUMR beginning at 1:45 p.m. Jeff Brightwell will have the call of the game action. Fans outside of Memphis can hear that same call on the live streaming video available with an All-Access subscription at www.GoTigersGo.com/All-Access.