Tigers vs. Texas-Arlington
This is the fourth meeting between Texas-Arlington and Memphis. The Tigers lead the overall series, 2-1, including a 77-60 win in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse last season.
With the Win at Illinois State
- Memphis improved its record in the Preseason WNIT to 2-2 all-time
- The Tigers improve to 1-1 on the road this season. With eight newcomers, including five freshmen, finding wins on the road is important for Memphis to build some momentum toward the beginning of Conference USA play.
- The Tigers continue to develop their bench players. Freshman center Asianna Fuqua-Bey finished second on the team with six rebounds, including a team-best four offensive boards, finishing with six points, one assist and a steal in 17 minutes of play. Fellow freshman Jaymie Jackson also contributed some big numbers off the bench, stepping in for an injured Mooriah Rowserto finish with eight points, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes of play off the bench.
Dickson With a Career-High Sunday Night
Melissa McFerrin had her hands full early in the first half of the game at Illinois State. Ariel Hearn and Ann Jones were both on the bench with two fouls when freshman Mooriah Rowser, the Tigers' leading scorer in the early part of the season, went down with an injury that kept her on the bench for the rest of the game. But Nicole Dicksontook on the scoring burden from there, scoring 18 straight points from the 1:23 mark in the first half until the 15:00 minute mark in the second half. Dickson went on to finish with a career-high 36 points on 15-for-25 shooting.
Dickson's 36 points marked the first time a Tiger scored between 35-40 points since Victoria Crawfordscored 38 points in a WNIT loss at Western Kentucky in 2004.
Only One in Double Digits in a Win
Senior forward Nicole Dickson was the only Tiger to score double-digit points on Sunday night, but with her scoring 36 points, it still worked in the Tigers' favor. The last time Memphis had just one player score double-digit points was on Nov. 28th of 2010 when Alex Winchellwent 5-for-10 from three-point range to finish with 15 points in a 58-55 victory over North Dakota State at the Kansas University Thanskgiving tournament.
The last time Memphis did not have a starter score double-digit points? Dec. 29th of 2010 in a 62-34 win over McNeese State.
Dickson Nabs a Pair of Weekly Honors
Scoring a career-best 36 points, adding a team-best four steals and two blocked shots to go with two assists in 38 minutes of play helped net senior forward Nicole Dicksona pair of weekly honors. She earned her first career C-USA Player of the Week honor and was also named the Tennessee Sportswriters Association women's basketball player of the week. It was her first career honor with the TSWA as well.
Return to Texas for One Tiger
The Arlington, Texas area is not unfamiliar to one member of the Tigers' roster. Assistant coach Erin Grant is in her first season at Memphis, but started her coaching career at UTA. She coached for four seasons at UTA, helping the Mavericks to a second WNIT appearance in 2009. That 2009 Mavericks team defeated Memphis, then in its first season under Melissa McFerrin, at the Fun in the Sun Tournament in the Bahamas, and went on to finish with a 22-11 overall record.
Grant is very familiar with the Texas area, having played her prep basketball at Mansfield High School, then playing four seasons at Texas Tech from 2002-06. When Grant finished playing professional basketball, she joined her former high school coach, Samantha Morrow, on the staff at UTA beginning with the 2007-08 season. She spent four years at UTA working with Morrow, then spent one season at New Mexico, helping the Lobos make a run to the Mountain West Conference tournament championship game before joining the Tigers in May.
Tigers Gain Another Player for the 2012-13 Roster
Memphis got word on Tuesday that they will have the services of senior guard Jamila Ajanaku for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. Ajanaku is a 6-1 senior guard who transferred back to Memphis from Middle Tennessee State over the summer. Ajanaku played in 38 games with two starts in three seasons at Middle Tennessee. She comes to her hometown team after playing at Central High School in Memphis, where she was the No. 20 ranked wing in the country according to ESPN.com. She received a waiver from the NCAA to play this season in order to be closer to home for family medical reasons.