Dec. 19, 2013
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Wrapping up Non-Conference Play
The game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff is the final non-conference game of the year for the Tigers. Memphis is looking to finish with a non-conference record of over .500 at the end of non-conference play for a sixth straight season under Melissa McFerrin.
Prior to McFerrin taking over the Tigers, Memphis had not posted a winning record at the end of non-conference play since going 7-6 in 2004-05.
This will be Memphis' third game in seven days, as the Tigers won at Tennessee Tech in double overtime, Saturday, then snuck past Mississippi Valley State, Wednesday, before hosting UAPB, Friday.
Midway Point of Four-Game Home Stand
The game against UAPB on Friday night will be the mid-way point of a season's best four-game home stand for the Tigers. Memphis is 4-1 in home games this year and will close out the home stand with conference games against Temple (Dec. 29) and Connecticut (January 4).
Memphis will follow this four-game home stand with a two-game road trip in conference play at SMU (Jan. 7) and at UCF (Jan. 11).
A Little Birthday Shopping?
Memphis will be going for a win on Friday night, which also happens to be head coach Melissa McFerrin's birthday. McFerrin was recognized prior to the Mississippi Valley State game for her 100th Tiger victory, which Memphis picked up at Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
Hearn Ties Career High Against MVSU
Sophomore guard Ariel Hearn tied a career-high with 26 points in the win over Mississippi Valley State Wednesday night. Hearn knocked down four triples in that way, giving her 26 threes on the season.
Last year as a freshman, Hearn hit 27 threes for the entire season. Hearn also tied a career-high with four offensive rebounds in the win vs. MVSU.
Hearn Goes for 20 again
In addition to the career-night scoring, Hearn finished with 26 points, her third 20-plus point night in four games. She has now scored 20 or more points in five games this year, one more than all of last year.
She has also scored 20 or more points in back to back games twice this year. She has not scored 20 or more points in three straight games in her career yet.
Hearn has scored double digit points in nine of 11 games this year and in 33 of 43 career games.
Fuqua-Bey Follows First 20-point Night with a Double-Double
Asia Fuqua-Bey followed her first career 20-plus point night with a double-double against MVSU. She finished with 12 rebounds (a career-high) and added 10 points. She also added a career-best three blocks to go with three steals in 33 minutes of play.
In the last two games, the sophomore forward is averaging 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds a game.
Mack Hits Boards for Career Night
Senior Devin Mack finished the MVSU win with six rebounds and nine points. The three defensive rebounds was a career best for the senior, who got the game started by running the lanes for a pair of quick buckets in transition for the Tigers.
Mack also connected from three-point range as part of a 6-for-9 half from beyond the arc for the Tigers. Mack has hit a triple in three straight games heading into Friday night's game against UAPB.
Williams Logging Major Minutes
Freshman Taylor Williams has been playing a bit out of position this season with the shallow Memphis bench in the front court. But the freshman is hitting her stride. After playing a career-high 35 minutes in the double-overtime win at Tennessee Tech, she followed that solid effort up with a career-best 10-point night that included a pair of three-point field goals in the win over Mississippi Valley State. She also had her second-best rebounding night of the season, finishing with seven rebounds and adding a career-best three steals.
Wilder-Cochran Making her Mark
Freshman Breigha Wilder-Cochran has made an immediate impact at point guard for the Tigers. Wilder-Cochran's ability to run the offense has freed up sophomore guard Ariel Hearn to play at the two-guard spot, where Hearn has posted five 20-plus scoring nights.
As the team's point guard, Wilder-Cochran will draw fouls as teams try to regain possession of the ball, but the freshman is a perfect 12-for-12 from the line in the last two games and has knocked down 14 straight attempts from the line.
Her last miss from the free-throw line was at the 1:04 mark in the win over UAB.
Goodman Cleared to Join Tigers on the Court
Freshman post Brandi Goodman has been cleared to join the Tigers on the court after missing all of the preseason up until the MVSU game due to injury.
Valuing the Basketball
Turnovers have haunted Memphis at moments throughout the season. Memphis has committed 20 or more turnovers in seven of the first 11 games, including three of the last four games.
In individual player stats, all of the Tigers except freshman Breigha Wilder-Cochran have more turnovers than assists. Wilder-Cochran leads Memphis with 47 assists against 39 turnovers.
On a Season-Best Winning Streak
Memphis has won three straight games and is looking for a fourth win on Friday. The current three-game winning streak is the season's longest winning streak to date.