Lady Tigers to Face Arkansas Monday Night
Nov. 20, 2005
The University of Memphis Lady Tiger basketball team (0-1) will wrap up a two-game, season-opening road trip with a non-conference clash at Arkansas, Monday, at 7 p.m.
Memphis is looking to snap a four-game losing streak to the Lady Razorbacks, that dates back to the 2001-02 season. But in order to keep the slight 8-7 advantage in the series match-up, Memphis will have to win in Fayetteville for the first time since the 1979-80 season. In all, Memphis is 1-5 in Fayetteville, and is looking to hand the Lady Razorbacks (1-0) their first loss of the year after Arkansas downed fellow C-USA foe SMU, 73-63, in Dallas on Friday.
Memphis battled turnovers and foul trouble in an 80-60 season-opening loss at UL-Monroe, Friday night. The Lady Tigers were whistled for 21 second half fouls and had two of the nine healthy players foul out of the game. The loss was Memphis' first road loss since 2001-02, when Memphis dropped both games in the season-opening tournament at Reno, Nevada. That also marked the last time Memphis opened the season on the road.
Sophomore Marie Reid came off the bench against ULM to score 10 of her 12 points in the first half, and starting point guard Tamika Butler added 11 points while trying to calm down the offense against ULM. Butler hit one three-point field goal in that game and is now just 12 shy of breaking the triple-digit career three point field goal mark. Only three other Lady Tigers have hit 100 or more three-point field goals. Memphis shot 44.4 percent from the floor at ULM, but turnovers and some timely three-point shooting from the Indians handed Memphis its first loss of the year.
The return to Fayetteville means that Lady Tiger head coach Blair Savage returns to her alma mater for the first time as the Memphis head coach. She has been here with the Lady Tigers while she was an assistant coach, and her Lady Tigers fell just short, 59-53, of an amazing comeback in last year's game in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. In that game, Arkansas came out on a 19-2 run to open the second half to go up 21, but Memphis battled back with a 16-0 run of its own to make the game interesting in the last couple of minutes.
Memphis returns home to host its Lady Tiger Thanksgiving Classic, Friday. Memphis will face Austin Peay in the season-opener, and Belmont and Clemson will face off in the other game that night. Memphis plays at 6 p.m., Friday. The consolation game will be played Saturday at 5 p.m., with the championship game to follow.