Women's Basketball Hosts 16th Annual Lady Tiger Classic
Nov. 22, 2000
MEMPHIS, TENN. - Memphis, coming off one of its biggest and most exciting wins in years, will host East Tennessee St., Texas A&M and Northwestern State in the 16th annual Lady Tiger Classic. Memphis opens the tourney on Nov. 24 against ETSU at 6 p.m. Texas A&M will play Northwestern St. at 8 p.m. The consolation game will be played on Saturday at 3 p.m., with the championship game to follow. Memphis has won the last eight straight Lady Tiger Classics.
Memphis is 2-0 on the year after defeating 15th-ranked Mississippi State at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse Tuesday evening. The game marked the second straight win for Memphis over an SEC opponent and was sweet revenge for the Lady Tigers who were pounded by MSU last year, 96-57, in Starkville. Senior all-America candidate Tiffany Adkins led the way against MSU with a career-high 37 points and nine rebounds. The win also marked the highest ranked opponent that Memphis has beaten since they defeated then-13th ranked Arkansas early in the 1998-99 season.
East Tennessee State will face Memphis with an 0-1 record after opening their season in Cookeville, Tenn., with a loss to Tennessee Tech, 90-60. Junior forward Megan Jackson led ETSU with 12 points. Texas A&M is 2-0 so far this season with wins over Eastern Kentucky (96-86) and Morehead St. (72-69) in the Morehead St. Classic last weekend. A&M's Jaynetta Saunders was selected as the tournament MVP after scoring 38 points and pulling down 18 rebounds in the two games of the tourney. Northwestern State enters the tournament with a 1-0 record after defeating Southern Arkansas, 78-71. Kia Converse led the way for NSU with 16 points and 16 rebounds, 11 of which were defensive boards, against SAU.
The Lady Tigers own a 7-2 series advantage over ETSU dating back to the 1973-74 season. The last time the two squads have played was during the 1981-82 season when ETSU defeated Memphis, 73-72, in Johnson City, Tenn. Memphis has never faced Northwestern State, and is 1-0 over Texas A&M after a 62-51 win in College Station during the 1979-80 season.
The Lady Tigers will hit the road for most of December, beginning with an appearance in the Rice University Tournament, Dec. 1-2. Memphis will face Eastern Kentucky at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 and either Iona College or Rice the following day at either 5 or 7 p.m. Memphis will play the next four straight games on the road before returning to The Fieldhouse for a meeting with Tennessee Tech on Dec. 29.