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Dec. 5, 2013

  Game Nine: Memphis (3-5) vs. UAB (5-3)
Saturday, December 7 - 4:00 p.m. CT | Elma Roane Fieldhouse
 Memphis Tigers (3-5, 0-0 The American)
 UAB Blazers (5-3, 0-0  Conference USA)
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The Last Meeting
February 14, 2013
Memphis, Tenn.
Tigers Closeout Win over UAB at Free Throw Line
Memphis (14-10, C-USA 5-5) downed UAB (14-9, C-USA 5-5) 64-57, Thursday, at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Three Tigers scored in double-figures as Memphis evened its Conference USA record at 5-5.

Back Home
Memphis returns home for a Saturday game against UAB. While UAB is a team well-familar to Tigers fans, there are some changes heading into this weekend's meeting. The Blazers have a new head coach, as Randy Norton took over the program after long-time coach Audra Smith left to take the Clemson job.

The two teams also used to be travel partners in Conference USA. With Memphis now a member of the American Athletic Conference, this Saturday match-up will be a non-conference game.

Memphis has won the last four meetings between the two teams, but is carrying a four-game losing streak into the return home, after losing at Sun Belt favorite UALR, then going 0-3 at the Paradise Jam over Thanksgiving.

Facing Three Top 30 Teams
It's difficult enough to face three teams all ranked in the top 30 of the national rankings, it's really difficult to do it on three-straight days, but that's what Memphis did at the Paradise Jam tournament.

The Tigers opened their schedule at the Virgin Islands-based tournament against Texas A&M, a team that was ranked No. 11 in the country. Memphis then faced Syracuse, a team that won the Reef Division of the bracket to improve to 8-0 on the season and which jumped in to the national polls this week at No. 23. The Tigers closed out their schedule against Texas, a team that is receiving enough votes in the top 25 poll that it would be ranked 29th in the country if the poll instead was a top 30 poll.

Hearn Named to All-Tournament Team
Sophomore guard Ariel Hearn was named to the all-tournament team at the Paradise Jam tournament after averaging 17.4 points per game in the three-day tournament. Against Texas A&M, Hearn finished with 19 points. She was held to just nine points against Syracuse, but opened up her scoring in the second half of the Texas game, knocking down a career-best five three-point field goals for the second time in the three day tournament and finishing with 21 points. She scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half of the Texas game.

Hearn has now scored double-digit points in six of the Tigers' eight games, including three performances of 20 or more points.

She finished last season with a total of four 20-point plus performances, giving her seven for her career.

Hearn needs 19 more points to hit the 600 career point mark just 40 games into her college career.

Wilder-Cochran Steps into Starting Lineup
Freshman point guard Breigha Wilder-Cochran was the Tigers' starter at point guard in the three games at the Paradise Jam last week. The Hoover, Ala., native has now made four career starts in her first eight collegiate games and leads the Tigers with 30 assists (against 27 turnovers).

Staying Out of Foul Trouble
With the Tigers dressing just nine players at the Paradise Jam tournament, it was imperative that the starters stay out of foul trouble. Unfortunately for Memphis, senior post Pa'Sonna Hope battled foul trouble all weekend. The Cleveland native played just 14 minutes against Texas A&M due to foul trouble, and was available for just 21 minutes against Texas. She averages 27.8 minutes per game, but only played more than that in one of three games last week.

Memphis also lost sophomore forward Asianna Fuqua-Bey to foul trouble against Texas. The team's second-leading rebounder, Fuqua-Bey played a season-low 22 minutes on Saturday against Texas.

Rowser has Break Out Game Getting Offense Back on Track
The Tigers worked their way through their toughest offensive outing of the season in their third game in as many days against Texas. The 36 points Memphis scored in the lost was the fourth-lowest offensive output for a game in Memphis history and the 10 first half points was the lowest scoring total in school history.Memphis' offense was averaging 72.0 ppg heading into the Paradise Jam tournament. Following the three games at the tournament, the Tigers' scoring average has dropped to 64.1 ppg.

And the offense will have its hands full working against UAB on Saturday. The Blazers are holding opponents to just 56.4 ppg and to a 35.2 percent shooting clip from the field.

Swain Earns Scholarship Click HERE to see the video of Swain's surprise announcement.

Walk-on Jasbriell Swain received a surprise on the road at UALR. On Thursday night before the non-conference game in Little Rock, Swain was awarded a full scholarship for her final year of college basketball.

Swain joined the Tigers as a walk on once school started after playing the last three seasons at Binghamton University. On November 11th, the Tigers got word from the NCAA that an appeal to the NCAA transfer rule on behalf of Swain had been approved.

Swain was a three-year letterwinner at Binghamton, where she was named a member of the American East All-Defensive Team last year and where she was a starter over the past two seasons. As a freshman, she was the league's Rookie of the Year.

McFerrin Looking for Two More
Head Coach Melissa McFerrin moved closer to her 100th career win at Memphis with the win over Jackson State. She needs two more wins to have 100 career wins at the head coach of the Tigers' program in her sixth season. That 100th Memphis win will also be her 150th career victory.



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