Dec. 10, 2010
Game Notes in PDF Format
Dec. 11 -- vs. UALR -- Elma Roane Fieldhouse -- 2 p.m.
December 17 at Saint Louis -- St. Louis, Mo. -- 7 p.m.
December 19 -- vs. North Carolina A&T -- Elma Roane Fieldhouse -- 2 p.m.
December 22 -- vs. Florida International -- Elma Roane Fieldhouse -- 7 p.m.
Tiger Scholarship Fund members and M Club members receive $2.00 admission if tickets are purchased in advance from the Ticket Office (901-678-2331).
U of M Students receive free admission, a free hot dog and a free drink when showing a valid student ID
Fast Break Club Chalk Talk
A Fast Break Club Chalk Talk with the Tiger coaching staff is held in the University Center an hour before tip for each home game in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Fast Break Club membership information is available here.
The Series History
This is the sixth meeting in the series with UALR, and Memphis leads the series 5-0, but the two teams have not squared off since the 2003-04 season, which was Joe Foley's first season at UALR.
Foley is one of the winningest coaches in college women's basketball, with an overall mark of 589-169, which ranks him fourth among the winningest active coaches in the country, behind just Geno Auriemma (UConn), Pat Summitt (Tennessee) and Tara VanDerveer (Stanford).
Prior to his job at UALR, he helped Arkansas Tech win two NAIA National Titles (1992, 1993) and helped them transition to NCAA Division II, where the Golden Suns had six 30-win seasons and 16 consecutive 20-win seasons en route six NCAA Division II tournament appearances, two NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearances, a national runner-up in 1999 and 14 conference championships. He has continued his winning ways at UALR, helping the Trojans to not only their first-ever NCAA appearance last season, but a win in the first round over higher-seeded Georgia Tech, which meant the program's first-ever second round appearance. The 2010 Sun Belt Coach of the Year and the Russell Athletic/WBCA Regional Coach of the Year, Foley has guided UALR to four-straight 20-win seasons and three Sun Belt West Division title and returns All-America candidate Chastity Reed, a senior forward from New Orleans who ranked fourth in the country last year in scoring with 24.8 ppg. Reed also ranked first in the NCAA in field goals made (346) and attempted (755) and is the first UALR player since 1985 to hold both the school scoring and rebounding career records. A Preseason "Wade Watch" List and John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 List honoree, Reed already has her jersey hung at UALR and was the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year after earning Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American honors last season.
The Tigers will be putting a winning streak on the line Saturday afternoon. Memphis has won 13 straight games in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, dating back to last season.
12/20/09 Northwestern State W, 73-58
12/28/09 Jackson State W, 70-48
1/2/10 Saint Louis W, 59-55
1/7/10 Tulsa * W, 77-72
2/4/10 UAB * W, 67-56
2/12/10 Southern Miss * W, 89-85 (OT)
2/14/10 UCF * W, 76-72
2/25/10 Marshall * W, 62-53
3/18/10 UMKC % W, 72-67
3/21/10 Wichita State % W, 74-58
3/25/10 TAMUCC % W, 80-55
11/15/10 Grambling State W, 81-59
12/6/10 Chicago State W, 50-49
The last Memphis loss in the Fieldhouse was on a last second three against Ole Miss last year (73-72, on Dec. 18, 2009). Memphis was 12-2 in games played in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse last season. The 13 home wins at the Fieldhouse ties he 1998-99 team, won 13 home games.
Ellis Approaching 500th Career Point
Senior Savannah Ellis is rolling toward her 500th career point, with 484 coming in to Saturday's game against UALR. The senior needs just 16 more points to hit the benchmark. She already has over 500 career rebounds, with 550, and became just the fourth player in school history to post 100 or more blocks with a pair of blocks at the Kansas tournament.
Taking Care of the Ball
Somehow, Memphis managed to win a game on Monday night, despite 34 turnovers and no Tiger points in the final 9:34 of the game. But let's hope Memphis doesn't make that a habit, as Memphis' offense is heavily-reliant on turning the opponent over and getting out in transition. In games where the Tigers have had 20 or more turnovers, the Tiger defense has still held on for a win (at Indiana, vs. Chicago State).
Lonlack Sinks Number 600
Junior guard Ramses Lonlack had her second double-digit scoring game of the season in the win over Fordham. Lonlack then scored 14 points in the loss at Kansas to pass the 600-point plateau. She enters Monday night's game with 624 career points.
Carter Eyeing No. 800
Brittany Carter has played all of 41 games for the Tigers, but she comes in to Saturday afternoon's game against UALR with 777 points, just 23 shy of the 800-point barrier. In the history of the Memphis women's basketball program, only 28 players have scored 800 or more career points, putting Carter in some pretty prestigious company.
Ellis Stuffs No. 100
Savannah Ellis has played in 100 career games at Memphis. The Tigers' starting center in 62 of those games, Ellis recorded two blocks in the game against North Dakota State in front of her family in her home state of Kansas to record block No. 100. With her 100 blocks, she becomes one of just four players in Memphis history to have triple digits blocks for her career.
Winchell Ties Leonard for Third All-Time
Senior point guard Alex Winchell has had a slow shooting start to the season, but is slowly finding her stroke. With her one triple on Monday night, she moved in to a tie for third all-time in career threes, with 160. She is now tied with former teammate Paris Leonard (2005-2009). She would need to get to the 180 mark in order to tie for second all-time, where Devin Necaise (2004-2007) is sitting.