Nov. 30, 2011
Memphis Notes vs. Tennessee State
Tigers vs. Tennessee State
This is the seventh meeting between the two Tennessee-based Tiger squads. Memphis leads the overall series 5-1, including a narrow 78-76 squeaker of a win in the last meeting of the two teams on Nov. 23, 2007 as the opening game in the Memphis Tiger Classic. Memphis has won three straight games in the series since Tennessee State won a game in Memphis 79-76 in the 1989-90 season.
Nicole Dickson became the first Tiger in school history to post double-doubles in five straight games, breaking the mark of four straight set by Tamika Whitmore in the 1998-99 season. Dickson had just one point with four rebounds in the Tigers' season opener, but has been a double-digit machine since, with 10 points and 10 boards against Belmont, 10 points and 11 rebounds at Illinois, 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 11 points and 10 rebounds vs. Southeastern Louisiana and a season-high 20 points and 11 rebounds against Texas-Arlington. The five straight games with double-digit rebounds also breaks Melissa Abraham's record from the 2001-02 season.
Lee Doubles Up
Senior forward Jasmine Lee has scored double-digits in all six Memphis games so far this year, including a season-best 19 points in the win over Belmont. After struggling at the free-throw line in that Belmont win, shooting 3-for-11, Lee has found her stroke as of late, hitting 11-of-14 over the last two games from the stripe. She is shooting 50.9 percent from the field on the season and is 9-for-15 from the field in the last two games.
Teddy Bear Promotion Game Set
The game against UT Martin, an NCAA tournament team last year, will be the Teddy Bear Game this year. Fans bringing a bear to donate to the Mid-South Child Advocacy Center will receive free admission. At halftime, fans can toss their bears on to the court to win a prize and the bears will be collected after that to donate to the Child Advocacy Center. This is the third year the Tigers have collected stuffed bears for the group that works on behalf of abused children.
Double-Doubles Racking Up
Memphis has already had seven double-doubles on the season in the first seven games. Nicole Dickson had just one career double-double heading in to this season (she now has six) and Jasmine Lee, who has two double-doubles already this year, has added to her eight career double-doubles (improving to 10). The Tigers as a team had just 12 double-doubles all last year. Prior to her double-double against Belmont, Dickson had not had a double-double since her freshman season (the UMKC game in the WBI tournament).
Nicole Dickson vs. Belmont (11/13/11), 10 points, 10 rebounds
Jasmine Lee vs. Belmont (11/13/11), 19 points, 12 rebounds
Nicole Dickson at Illinois (11/15/11), 10 points, 11 rebounds
Jasmine Lee at Illinois (11/15/11), 13 points, 12 rebounds
Nicole Dickson vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (11/19/11), 19 points, 10 rebounds
Nicole Dickson vs. Southeastern Louisiana (11/22/11), 11 points, 10 rebounds
Nicole Dickson vs. UT Arlington (11/27/11), 20 points, 11 rebounds
Dickson Moves in to Career Record Book
Junior forward Nicole Dickson hit two three-point field goals in the win over Texas-Arlington and that was enough to rock her past Jessica Hall (2004-05, 2007-08) in to 10th in all-time three-point field goals made with 66 threes. Dickson needs five more triples to tie Lauren Jackson (1998-2002) for ninth all-time and six to tie Raven Rogers' (2001-05) mark of 72 all-time. With all those triples, it's no surprise that Dickson needs just 10 more points to hit the 700 career point mark.
Lee Looking for Number 500
Senior forward Jasmine Lee is just four points shy of her 500th career point in a Tiger uniform. The Georgia transfer played two seasons at Georgia, but after sitting one year as a transfer, she has been a force down low for the blue and gray, entering Thursday night's game with 496 career points and 318 career rebounds.
The Point Platoon
The one spot that did not return a starter on the Tiger roster heading in to this season was point guard. The Memphis coaching staff was looking to sophomore Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir to provide the answer with help from freshman Lauren McGraw and senior Danay Collier. The trio has platooned the point position to the tune of 48 assists against 27 turnovers, a 1.78 assist-to-turnover ratio.
The is the 40th season that women's basketball has been a varsity sport at Memphis. It's been a bitter sweet celebration, as Elma Roane, the women's athletic director who returned women's sports to varsity status at the university, passed away in September at the age of 93. The Tigers enter the 2011-12 season just 20 wins away from the 700th win in program history. The program's current record heading in to the Tennessee State game is 685-504.
In school history, 18 Tigers' teams have won 20 or more games. In the last 10 years, Memphis has just three 20-win seasons, but two of them are the back-to-back seasons under McFerrin.
Lonlack Edges Toward Point 1,000
Ramses Lonlack is known in Conference USA for her defensive pressure, but is now just 66 points shy of becoming the 21st player in Memphis history to score 1,000 or more career points. The senior from Cameroon also picked up career steal No. 250 in the win over Texas-Arlington on Sunday. She is 31 steals shy of breaking in to the career top five.
Tigers Add Local Walk-on
Alexandria Prince successfully completed the walk-on tryouts process and has become a member of the team's 2011-12 roster. The 5-4 guard is a graduate of Southwind High School in Memphis and becomes the team's first walk on since 2008-09 when Janeta Reeves, now a team manager, successfully the completed the walk-on process. Prince will wear No. 1 when the new jerseys come in, but for now is wearing No. 23.
Collier Pitching In Around Backcourt
Senior guard Danay Collier has been asked to be a little bit of everything for Memphis this season. The Bronx, N.Y. native will get to play two games in her hometown in December when the Tigers venture to the Big Apple to participate in the St. John's tournament after finals, but until then, Collier is bringing her experience to both the point and shooting guard positions for Memphis. She made her first career start in place of Ramses Lonlack when Lonlack had a personal matter to attend to, has backed up Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir at the point and has been on the floor with both Abdul-Qaadir and Lauren McGraw when the Tigers are facing pressure. She tied her career best in the last game, finishing with nine points on 3-for-7 shooting. She also tied a career-best with four rebounds and had two steals. She is currently tied for fifth on the team in steals, fifth in assists and second in three-point field goals made. She has scored in all seven games so far this season, her longest consecutive games scored streak of her two-year Tiger career.
Carter Finding Her Stroke
Senior guard Brittany Carter may have felt some pressure as the league's pick for pre-season player of the year. The Georgia native shot under 30 percent in each of Memphis' first three games, but has gotten back on track following the Illinois loss. She has shot over 50 percent from the field in each of the next three games, posting her 20th career game with 20 or more points scored in the win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 23 points. Her stroke from beyond the arc still has not come all the way around, after knocking down five triples in the win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, she has gone 1-for-6 from beyond the arc and is shooting 27.3 percent from three heading in to Thursday night's game. But if her free-throw stroke is any indication, that number may come around shortly as well. She is currently shooting a career-best 68.2 percent from the stripe so far this season, including 8-for-10 in the last three games.
Lonlack Double Digit Scoring Streak Snapped
Senior guard Ramses Lonlack had her double-digit scoring streak snapped at eight games, her streak dated back to last season, Sunday afternoon. Lonlack was 3-for-7 from the field, finishing with seven points. The senior is still averaging a career-best 11.4 points per game. She is also second on the roster with 11 steals and is one of four Tigers to average double-digit points. Lonlack may be missing some of her points from the free-throw line. In the first three years of her career, she averaged over 3.0 attempts per game from the line. This year, she is averaging 2.2 attempts a night and is an uncharacteristic 2-for-4 from the line over her last three games (she missed the Arkansas-Pine Bluff game).
Lonlack Free-Throw Tries Per Game
Jones Posts First Multiple Block Career Game
Freshman Ann Jones is finding her feet for the Tigers on the defensive end first. The Jackson, Tenn., native picked up her first multiple block career game in the win over Texas-Arlington Sunday, finishing with a pair of blocks. The freshman is still trying to get comfortable on the offensive end of the floor, following up a career-high of eight points in the win over Southeastern Louisiana with a scoreless performance Sunday against UT Arlington. The Tigers would like to get her back in the scoring column, including at the free-throw line. The freshman is shooting 70 percent from the stripe on the season, but hasn't attempted a shot there since a 2-for-2 performance against Arkansas-Pine Bluff three games ago.
Dickson Goes for 20
Nicole Dickson scored a season-best 20 points in the win over Texas-Arlington Sunday. That was the junior's fifth career game scoring 20 or more points. Only teammate Brittany Carter has score 20 points more times.
Abdul-Qaadir Helping Memphis Turn up the Defensive Pressure
Opposing teams have long had senior guard Ramses Lonlack on the scouting report and have started to make the adjustment away from Lonlack by having whichever guard Lonlack is not guarding handle the ball, but that has played right in to the quick hands of Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir. The Springfield, Mass., native leads the Tigers with 18 steals in the first six games of the season. And when a point guard gets a steal and gets out in transition, it is smart for her teammates to run the floor, as Abdul-Qaadir has handed out a team-best 29 assists on the season. She sophomore point guard also is starting to find some scoring success. Although she's shooting just 28.2 percent from the field, she is coming off a season-best performance of nine points with four rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the win on Sunday.
Career Night for the Tiger Freshmen
Two of the Tiger freshmen turned in some career highs on Saturday afternoon. Point guard Lauren McGraw had a career-high eight points with five assists and four steals against just one turnover in 24 minutes, while Jailyn Norris finished with a career-best nine points and four steals.
Road Win Streak Snapped
The Tigers had their road season-opening winning streak snapped with the loss to Illinois. Memphis had won their last two road openers (at Missouri and at Indiana) and were up with less than six minutes to play in the eventual loss at Illinois.
The Tiger front line of Jasmine Lee and Nicole Dickson has been the double-double duo the past two games, posting a pair of double-doubles in two straight games. Lee had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the loss at Illinois, while Dickson finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Against Belmont, Lee had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Dickson had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Belmont game marked the first time since Feb. 29 of 2009 that two Tigers had a double-double in the same game. The last duo to have double-doubles in the same day was Shekeira Copeland and Ashley Thornton.
The duo also tied Lee's mark from last season by posting double-doubles in back-to-back games. Lee posted double-doubles against Grambling and Indiana last year.
The last time a Tiger has posted three or more double-doubles was Ashley Thornton (vs. Northern Arizona, Belmont, Louisiana Tech) in the 2008-09 season.
Jones Earns First C-USA Career Honor
Freshman post Ann Jones earned her first career honor on Monday when she was tabbed the Conference USA Freshman of the Week. The Freshman of the Week award was introduced in the 2010-2011 season, so that makes Jones the first-ever Tiger to earn the weekly freshman award. Jones averaged 5.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in a pair of Tiger wins. Against Saint Louis in the season-opener, she finished with a team-high eight rebounds, adding a block and a steal. She then battled foul trouble against Belmont, finishing with five points and five rebounds. Eight of her 13 rebounds in her first two college games came off the offensive glass. She also shot 75 percent from the free-throw line in the wins.