Dec. 3, 2011
Marketing & Promotions: Teddy Bear Toss Game
Bring a new stuffed animal and receive free admission. You will get to toss your donated toy on to half court at halftime to try to win a prize. The stuffed animal donations will then be picked up and delivered to LeBonheur Children's Hospital by the women's basketball team on Monday.
Memphis Notes vs UTM
Four Straight vs. 2011 NCAA Tournament Teams
Memphis will play its next four games against teams from the 2011 NCAA Tournament field.
Dec. 4 vs. UT Martin -- Ohio Valley Conference tournament champs, lost at Duke 90-45
Dec. 10 at UALR -- Sun Belt Conference regular season and tournament champs, lost to Green Bay 59-55
Dec. 17 vs. Louisiana Tech -- WAC regular season champs, at-large, lost to Rutgers, 76-51
Dec. 18 vs. Either:
St. John's, Big East at-large, defeated Texas Tech 55-50, lost to Stanford, 75-49
Prairie View A&M, SWAC regular season and tourney champs, lost 66-30 vs. Baylor
Tigers vs. UT Martin
In the 40 years of Memphis women's basketball, this is the 30th meeting between the two teams. Memphis leads the overall series 26-3, however the two teams have split the last two meetings, with UT Martin edging Memphis 69-60 in 2007-08, the year before Memphis hired a new coaching staff, and just two years before the current Skyhawk staff was hired.
Nicole Dickson extended her school-record double-double streak trend to six straight games in the win over Tennessee State Thursday night. 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, a season-high 20 points and 11 rebounds against Texas-Arlington and 15 points with 12 rebounds in the win over Tennessee State. Dickson's six straight games with double-digit rebounds also broke the school record of five straight games with double-digit rebounds held by Tamika Whitmore (1/8/98-1/23/98).
Abdul-Qaadir Dishes Out Career-Best Numbers
Sophomore point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir dished out a career-best eight assists in the win over Tennessee State Thursday night. Abdul-Qaadir had seven of those assists in the first half and had four in the first four minutes of the game as the Tigers jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead to start the game.
See You at the End of the Month
This game against UT Martin ends a five-game home stand for Memphis. The Tigers will play four games away from the Bluff City and will take final exams in the next three weeks. Following the holiday break, the team will return to host Big East foe Seton Hall Friday, December 30th at 7 p.m. in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. In that three week period, Memphis will face three more teams from last year's NCAA tournament field and will play a road game at Big 12 opponent Missouri.
Collier With Career Highs in Tennessee State Win
Senior guard Danay Collier has been asked to be a little bit of everything for Memphis in the backcourt this year. She is playing some point guard, some shooting guard and started as the team's defensive presser when Ramses Lonlack missed one game earlier this season. All the playing time has helped the senior put up some career best numbers already just seven games in to the season. Against Tennessee State, Collier was 5-for-6 from the floor, including 2-for-2 from three-point range and added four rebounds, a career-best four assists and one steal in 23 minutes of play. The 12 points was a career-high for her and her shooting success has moved her in to the top 15 in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (36.4 percent).After averaging 1.7 points per game in her first year at Memphis last year after transferring from Monroe CC, Collier is now averaging 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. In all of last year, she scored 45 points in 26 games, so far this year in seven games, she has already improved on that with 46 total points in seven games. She is also fourth on the team with 10 steals and is tied for fourth with 14 assists (2.0/game). Collier is just nine points shy of her 100th career point at Memphis heading in to the UT Martin game.
Carter 15 Points From 16th All-Time
Senior guard Brittany Carter has played just over two seasons with the Tigers, but is just 15 points shy of moving in to a tie for 16th on the all-time scoring list heading in to the UT Martin game. Carter, who has 1,170 points, needs just 15 points to tie Lynn Enzweiler's scoring mark (1974-76). In her last game, Carter tied a season-best with 23 points on 9-for-16 shooting, adding a career-best six steals. The 20+ point game was the 21st of her career and was the 58th double-digit scoring game since she came to Memphis.
Lee Double Digit Streak Snapped; But Still Passes 500 Point Mark
Senior forward Jasmine Lee found some tough going in the paint against Tennessee State, getting just four shots off and hitting just one field goal in the 88-64 win on Thursday night. Lee was bodied up a lot around the paint and worked her way to the free-throw line, but had an off-night, shooting 4-for-8 and having her double-digit scoring streak snapped at six games, finishing with just six points. She did get back in double-digits in the rebounding column though, finishing with 11 rebounds for her third double-digit rebounding night of the season and her first since the road loss at Illinois. The six points gives her 502 for her Tiger career.
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 added two threes against Tennessee State to move to 68 for her career. Dickson needs three more triples to tie Lauren Jackson (1998-2002) for ninth all-time and four to tie Raven Rogers' (2001-05) mark of 72 all-time. With all those triples, it's no surprise that Dickson cleared the 700 point mark for her career in the last game. She has 705 points heading in to the UT Martin game.
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 entered the 2011-12 season just 20 wins away from the 700th win in program history. The program's current record heading in to the UT Martin game is 686-504.
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.
Looking for More From the Bench
The Tiger bench is young, with three freshmen and a sophomore and senior who played sparingly last season. That group, along with senior guard Danay Collier, have to get acclimated quickly to the college game as the Memphis bench has been out-scored in five of the first seven games. That means getting the Tiger players off the bench settled in to the offense and mastering the scouting report to know the tendencies of the opponents coming off the pine to keep them from warming up.
Double-Doubles Racking Up
Memphis has already had eight 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 seven) 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
Nicole Dickson vs. Tennessee State (12/1/11), 15 points, 12 rebounds
Lonlack Edges Toward Point 1,000<
Ramses Lonlack is known in Conference USA for her defensive pressure, but is now just 49 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 30 steals shy of breaking in to the career top five.
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 21 steals in the first seven games of the season. And when the 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 37 assists on the season. The 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.
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.
Lonlack Double Digit Scoring Streak Snapped
Senior guard Ramses Lonlack had her double-digit scoring streak snapped at eight games in the win over UT Arlington, a streak that dated back to last season. 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). Against Tennessee State, she was an uncharacteristic 3-for-7 from the free-throw line, but managed to finish with a season-best 17 points thanks to 7-for-9 shooting from the floor.
Lonlack Free-Throw Tries Per Game