Nov. 30, 2005
The University of Memphis women's basketball team (1-4) will wrap up a three-game road trip by participating in the Arizona State/Wells Fargo Invitational, beginning Friday. The Sun Devils are the No. 13 ranked team in the country in the latest coaches' poll and No. 15 in the AP poll.
Two Lady Tigers in C-USA Top 10 in Scoring
Senior guard Tamika Butler and freshman guard Paris Leonard are each in the Conference USA top 10 in scoring. Butler is fifth with an average 17.0 points per game, while Leonard is 10th with 15.6 ppg. Butler currently leads the conference with 3.8 steals per game, while junior Ashley Howard, who ranks third in the league in rebounding (9.2/game), is 7th with 2.4 steals per game. Howard is also 11th, one behind Butler, in assists per game. As a team, Memphis ranks 7th in the league with 65.2 points per game.
Howard Adds First Career Double-Double
Junior guard Ashley Howard tallied her first career double-double in the 76-74 win at Lipscomb. Howard had two steals, three lay-up attempts and one free-throw attempt in the last four minutes of the game. She finished with 12 pionts and 12 rebounds, including five offensive boards. Howard and Paris Leonard have scored Memphis' first two double-doubles of the season.
Four in Double-Digits for First Time This Season
Four Lady Tigers scored in the double-digits in the win at Lipscomb, Tuesday, led by 19 from Devin Necaise. Tamika Butler (17), Paris Leonard (16) and Ashley Howard (12) all got in on the double action as well. That was the first time all season that four Lady Tigers have hit double-digit action.
Howard Turning in Solid Numbers
Junior college transfer Ashley Howard has turned out to be a solid signing for Blair Savage's initial recruiting class. A late signee, Howard came to Memphis after spending the past season at Holmes Community College. Through the first five games, she is leading the team with 9.2 rebounds per game and is second on the team in assists (15) and steals (12). She also averages 6.4 points per game.Howard is one of just three players to start all five games so far this season.
Necaise Snaps Shooting Slump With Career High
Junior guard Devin Necaise has battled a shooting slump to start the season. Necaise was 7-for-42 (16.7 percent) heading into the Lipscomb game, where she was 7-for-18 and 3-for-7 from three-point range, finishing with a career-high 19 points. With her five threes on the season, Necaise now has 65 career three-point field goals made. She needs just six more to tie Lauren Jackson (1998-2002) for sixth in school history and seven more to tie Raven Rogers (2001-2005) for fifth in Lady Tiger history.
Against Arizona State & Holy Cross
Memphis has not faced either Arizona State or Holy Cross before.
Against Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky leads the overall series with Memphis 5-2 and has won the last five meetings, including an 84-64 win in Cancun, Mexico, last year.
Memphis Picks up First Road Win of Season
The win at Lipscomb in Nashville was Memphis' first road win since Jan. 12 of 2005. The Lady Tigers prevailed 51-47 over host UAB in that game. The last time the Lady Tigers have managed to win a non-conference game on the road was last season at UT-Martin (Dec. 4), where the Lady Tigers held on 77-74.
Butler Passes 600 Points, Looking for 100th Trey
Senior point guard Tamika Butler tied a career-high with 30 points in the loss to Clemson. That point total rocketed her past the 600-career point mark, and she now has 629 career points. She also has 97 career three-point field goals, just three three-point field goals shy of her 100th career three pointer. Only three other Lady Tigers have hit 100 or more threes for their respective careers (LaTonya Johnson, Kitty Allen and Kelly Herron).
Leonard Makes Some History
Freshman Paris Leonard made her first mark in the Lady Tiger record book against Austin Peay, Friday. Leonard tied a tournament mark with 10 offensive rebounds in the loss, tying the record set by Mississippi State's Jackie Perry vs. Alaska-Anchorage in 1987. Leonard also tallied her first collegiate double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds.