Nov. 18, 2011
Memphis vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Game Notes
Tigers vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
- This is the fourth meeting between the Lions and the Tigers. Memphis leads the overall series 2-1.
-UAPB won the last meeting between the two teams, 99-97 in overtime in a game at FedExForum in the 2007-08 season.
- All three previous games in this series have been played in Memphis.
- UAPB has three Memphis products on its roster. Victoria White (Manassas), Christina Lasane (Craigmont) and Chigozianvi Okwumabua (White Station) all give the Lion roster some Memphis roots.
- The game against UAPB is the first of five straight home games for the Tigers. Memphis will close out the month of November with just three more games after playing three games in five days to open the season. The Tigers' next road game will be a non-conference match-up at NCAA tournament participants UALR, Dec. 10th. That road game will be the second of a slate of four straight games against teams from the 2011 NCAA tournament field (UT Martin, UALR, Louisiana Tech and either Prairie View A&M or St. John's).
- The Tigers' next game will be on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd. That game will be U of M Faculty/Staff Night where all faculty and staff receive free admission with a U of M ID.
- Thanksgiving Break: Memphis will stay at home for Thanksgiving this year after spending the past two seasons in Seattle and Lawrence, Kan., at tournaments. Following Tuesday's game, the team will have a team meal on Thanksgiving and will go to the Memphis Union Mission on Friday to serve a meal there.
- Take a Kid to the Game: Memphis' Annual Take a Kid to the Game promotion has been scheduled for Sunday, November 27th at 2 p.m. All kids receive free admission w/one full-price adult ticket.
Lonlack Passes 900 Point Mark; Carter Looking for 1,100
With her 10 points in the loss at Illinois, Ramses Lonlack edged closer to the 1,000 career point mark. The senior guard, known in Conference USA for her defensive pressure, is now just 89 points shy of becoming the 21st player in Memphis history to score 1,000 or more career points. Teammate Brittany Carter was the last to cross that mark in the first round game of the Conference USA championships last season. Carter needs just seven more points to hit the 1,100 point mark. Carter is just 92 points shy of moving in to a tie for 16th in the all-time Tiger record book in career points. Lynn Enzweiler (1974-76) is currently 16th wit 1,185 points.
Start of a Five-Game Home Stand
Unlike the previous two seasons, the Tigers are staying home in Memphis during Thanksgiving this year. That means that Saturday afternoon's game against UA-Pine Bluff will be the kick-off to a five-game home stretch for the Tigers, who are looking to bounce back from a 62-54 loss at Illinois Tuesday.
Road Win Streak Snapped
The Tigers had their road season-opening winning streak snapped with the loss to Illinois. Memphis had won their last two road openers (at Missouri and at Indiana) and were up with less than six minutes to play in the eventual loss at Illinois.
The Tiger front line of Jasmine Lee and Nicole Dickson has been the double-double duo the past two games, posting a pair of double-doubles in two straight games. Lee had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the loss at Illinois, while Dickson finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Against Belmont, Lee had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Dickson had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Belmont game marked the first time since Feb. 29 of 2009 that two Tigers had a double-double in the same game. The last duo to have double-doubles in the same day was Shekeira Copeland and Ashley Thornton.
The duo also tied Lee's mark from last season by posting double-doubles in back-to-back games. Lee posted double-doubles against Grambling and Indiana last year.
The last time a Tiger has posted three or more double-doubles was Ashley Thornton (vs. Northern Arizona, Belmont, Louisiana Tech) in the 2008-09 season.
Dickson Getting in Gear?
Junior forward Nicole Dickson had a slow start to the season from beyond the arc, going 0-for-10 in the first two Memphis games. She finally found the bottom of the net from three-point range at Illinois, shooting 3 for 8 and finishing with 10 points. With the three makes, she now has 62 three-point field goals made for her 68 game Tiger career. She needs just three more makes to break in to the career top 10 in three-point field goals made. Jessica Hall currently sits in 10th with 65 career triples (2004-05, 2007-08).
Jones Earns First C-USA Career Honor
Freshman post Ann Jones earned her first career honor on Monday when she was tabbed the Conference USA Freshman of the Week. The Freshman of the Week award was introduced in the 2010-2011 season, so that makes Jones the first-ever Tiger to earn the weekly freshman award. Jones averaged 5.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in a pair of Tiger wins. Against Saint Louis in the season-opener, she finished with a team-high eight rebounds, adding a block and a steal. She then battled foul trouble against Belmont, finishing with five points and five rebounds. Eight of her 13 rebounds in her first two college games came off the offensive glass. She also shot 75 percent from the free-throw line in the wins.