Lady Tigers to Host UMass At The Pyramid Sunday
Dec. 7, 2001
MEMPHIS, TENN. - The Lady Tigers will play their first of three games at The Pyramid this season when they host UMass in a 3 p.m. matchup on Sunday, Dec. 9. The game will be broadcast live by Time Warner Cable on channel 6.
The Lady Tigers enter the meeting with a 3-5 record and looking to snap a three-game losing streak which was extended after a 75-71 loss to Tennessee Tech in Cookeville this past Wednesday evening. Melissa Abraham led Memphis' efforts against the Golden Eaglettes with her sixth career double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Abraham is currently third on the squad in scoring and rebounding, averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 boards a game. Junior Shannon Hamp continues to lead the Lady Tigers in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She has scored in double digits in all eight games this season, including a season-high 21 points in the season opener against Nevada. Sophomore Princess Swilley is also averaging double figures in scoring with a mark of 11.1 points per game.
Junior point guard Kalara McFadyen leads the squad in steals with 18 , and has stepped in to run the Lady Tiger offense, averaging 4.5 assists per game.
The Lady Tigers are 3-0 in games played in Memphis so far this season. This will be the first matchup ever between UMass and The U of M.
The Minutewomen are 1-5 on the year, having only defeated Clemson (54-51) this season. UMass has dropped two overtime games earlier this season in Amherst to St. Peter's and Rice. The Minutewomen as a team are averaging just 51.3 points per game while Memphis averages 68.1 points per contest.
UMass is also struggling from the charity stripe, hitting just 47 percent of their free throws. Jennifer Butler leads UMass in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.5 points and 11.0 boards a game. She is the only player on the squad to average in double figures in scoring. The Minutewomen will face Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday before heading to Memphis.
The Lady Tigers will be back at the Fieldhouse to take on Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Memphis' only other game before the Christmas holiday will be against Texas A&M in College Station on Dec. 19.