Dec. 27, 2009
The University of Memphis women's basketball team (5-6) will host Jackson State (1-7) in a Monday night, non-conference match-up, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. This will be the second-to-last non-conference match-up for the Tigers, with a Saturday noon match-up against former Conference USA member Saint Louis also on this week's slate.
The Tigers are looking to bounce back from an 86-76 loss at Louisiana Tech that saw Memphis get out-muscled in the second half, 47-36, on the scoreboard.
The team has been back in Memphis since Saturday following a quick break with their respective friends and families, and will now prep for the Conference USA slate that starts a week from Thursday with a home game against Tulsa.
This is the fifth match-up in the overall series between the Tigers of Jackson State and the Tigers of Memphis. The Memphis Tigers lead the overall series, 3-1, including a low-scoring 57-54 affair at a neutral site (the University of New Mexico tournament), on Dec. 14, 2002.
Memphis is hoping it found an answer to more scoring help in the game at Louisiana Tech. Sophomore guard Ramses Lonlack came off the bench to score 16 points, helping Memphis' leading scorer Alex Winchell (18 points) offset a below-average scoring night (10 points) for sophomore guard Brittany Carter. Junior forward Taylor Mumphrey also got in on the double-digit action, finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds, but the Tigers had three different players foul out in the physical LaTech game (Mumphrey, Savannah Ellis, & Winchell). Mumphrey picked up all five of her fouls in the second half in that game, as the tide shifted, costing the Tigers a 40-39 halftime lead en route just a second double-digit loss of the season.
The game can be heard in Memphis on WUMR, 91.7 FM.
The Series History
This is the first meeting between the two Tiger squads. The Memphis Tigers lead Jackson State, 3-1, in the overall series, and has a three-game winning streak in the overall series. The last meeting between the two teams was actually not anywhere in the Mid-South, as the two teams squared off in the first round of the University of New Mexico Tournament. Memphis won that low-scoring contest, 57-54.
Winchell Moves In To Double-Digits
The last three games, Memphis has gone with the starting line up of LaToya Bullard at point and Alex Winchell at the two-guard spot. The junior from Atlanta has responded by upping her scoring average to double-digits, at 10.3 ppg to become the team's second-leading scorer. Over the last three games, Winchell is averaging 13.7 ppg, following a 20-point game against Ole Miss, a three-point game against Northwestern State and an 18 point game at Louisiana Tech.
Lonlack Posts Season-High at Louisiana Tech
Sophomore guard Ramses Lonlack was the odd player out when the starting line-up changed at South Alabama and the three games since. The ultimate team player, Lonlack has responded in typical team-first fashion, coming off the bench to provide a much-needed spark in a back-and-forth game at Louisiana Tech. Her energy helped Memphis force 13 first-half turnovers and forced the Lady Techsters to change their primary ball-handler. As it often does, Lonlack's defense sparked her offense, as she finished the game with a season-high 16 points, with five rebounds and three steals. She was 7-for-11 from the field in the game, and four of her five rebounds came from the offensive glass.
The 16-points for Lonlack was her first double-digit scoring outing of the season and the 14th time in her Tiger career.
Winchell Needs One More
Junior guard Alex Winchell is looking for just one more. She needs one more three-point field goal to hit 100 for her career, becoming just the seventh player in Memphis history to knock down 100 or more three-point field goals for her career.
She is also just one point shy of her 500th career point, with 499 coming in to the Jackson State game.
Tiger Bench Helps Give McFerrin a Birthday Victory
After the Tiger bench scored one point in the second half of the Ole Miss game, the bench responded in a big way against Northwestern State. Led by 10 points from Nicole Dickson and seven apiece from both Chatia Kelsey and Ramses Lonlack, the Memphis bench out-scored the Demon bench 34-12.
Dickson Looking for 100th Career Point
Freshman Nicole Dickson has already made an impression just 10 games in to her collegiate career. The Greeneville, Tenn., native is just 13 points shy of her 100th career point heading in to just her 11th college game. She has battled a shoulder injury to her non-shooting shoulder through the last four games, missing the South Alabama game, and slowly working her way back. She was averaging double-digits in the early part of the season, but more opportunities for opponents to see her on tape and the shoulder injury have slowed her scoring to 8.7 ppg. After scoring double-digits in two of her first four games, she clawed out 10 points against Northwestern State and that is the only game in the last six that she has had double-digit points.
Bullard Looking for 200th Assist and 300th Career Point
It's a bit of a misnomer to call LaToya Bullard a redshirt senior. With the completion of the fall semester, Bullard's entire college playing career to date is now three semesters old. But her production cannot be questioned. Heading in to her 34th career game (Jackson State), she is just five points shy of her 300th career point, and is just 37 assists shy of her 200th career assist.
Ellis' Next Block Ties Her For Fourth All-Time
Junior center Savannah Ellis had two blocks against Ole Miss and one against Northwestern State. She needs just one more block to tie Damita Shazier for fourth all-time at Memphis in blocked shots, with 72.
Five Close Losses
Memphis has suffered six losses on the season, but they have all come by a combined 38 points. Four of those losses were single-digit losses (Indiana, Eastern Washington, FIU, Ole Miss), and the Murray State and Loiusiana Tech losses were 10-point losses.