Tiffany Adkins Named C-USA Player of the Week
Nov. 27, 2000
MEMPHIS, TENN. - University of Memphis senior all-America candidate Tiffany Adkins was named as the Conference USA Player of the Week as released by the league office Monday morning.
Adkins, a 6-0 forward from Dyer, Tenn., led the Lady Tigers to three major victories this past week, including an 88-82 win over 15th-ranked Mississippi State in which she scored a career-high 37 points. It was Memphis' first win over a ranked squad since defeating then-13th ranked Arkansas at the start of the 1998-99 season. Against the Lady Bulldogs, Adkins was just one rebound shy of a double-double, but was a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe and 14-of-22 from the field in 35 minutes of action. She also totaled three assists, 1 blocked shot and one steal in the upset of the Lady Bulldogs.
During the Thanksgiving holiday, Adkins helped Memphis claim its ninth straight Lady Tiger Classic title and was named the tournament MVP. She played just 18 minutes and scored 10 points in the drilling of East Tennessee State, 90-48, in game one of the tournament. She was most instrumental in Memphis' come-from-behind victory over Texas A&M in the championship game. Against the Aggies, Adkins scored 24 points and recorded a team-high four steals in the win. She also totaled three rebounds and one blocked shot, while shooting 9-of-12 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. The missed free throw, which came with just 25 seconds left in the game, was her first missed free throw this year. She is currently 16-of-17 from the charity stripe, and has led the team in scoring in three of the four games this year.
For the week, Adkins averaged 23.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals a game and has led Memphis to its best start, 4-0, since the 1988-89 season. Adkins currently leads the Lady Tigers in scoring and rebounding, averaging 22.0 points and 7.0 boards a game. She is a 57.4-percent shooter from the field and has hit 16-of-17 shots from the free-throw line. She has also scored in double figures in her last 11 straight games.
The Lady Tigers will be on the road for the next six games, beginning with this weekend when they travel to Houston, Texas for the Rice Tournament. Memphis will open the tourney on Dec. 1 against Eastern Kentucky, and will face either Rice or Iona College the following day.