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Go Tigers!
Go Tigers!

Go Tigers!

Dec. 28, 2013

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The non-conference slate is now behind the Tigers and Sunday will be the American Athletic Conference opener for both Memphis and Temple.

Memphis is 3-2 in conference openers under McFerrin and is 3-1 when opening the conference slate in a home game under McFerrin.

About Temple
This will be the first-ever meeting between Memphis and Temple.

Temple is a team that came to the American Athletic Conference from the Atlantic 10, where the Owls were 5-8 last year. The Owls appeared in seven straight NCAA tournaments from 2004-2011, before making the WNIT field in 2012. Under sixth-year head coach Tonya Cardoza, the Owls turned up their non-conference schedule this year, looking to get back to the post season, and have faced two ranked teams outside of league play already this year, falling to No. 21/18 Michigan State, 74-70, and at No. 23 Syracuse, 82-76.

A Little Birthday Shopping?

The Tigers got head coach Melissa McFerrin a birthday gift before the holiday break, picking up the 91-45 win over UAPB. Now the Tigers can try to do some birthday shopping for a teammate, as freshman guard Breigha Wilder-Cochran celebrated her birthday on Friday, Dec. 27th.

Wilder-Cochran ranks 3rd in The American in assists per game (4.6) and 12th in assist/turnover ratio (1.4). The only other freshman in the league to rank in both categories? Temple’s freshman point guard Feyonda Fitzgerald, who ranks 10th in assists (3.8) and 15th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1).

Wilder-Cochran has also been one of Memphis’ better free-throw shooters in her first collegiate season. She has hit 20 straight free-throws heading in to the Temple game (the Memphis school record is 26, set by Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir in the 2011-12 season).

Her last miss from the free-throw line was at the 1:04 mark in the win over UAB (Dec. 7).

Looking for Some Home Cooking
The win over UAPB was the mid-way part of a season-long four-game home stand for the Tigers. With the win, Memphis improved to 5-1 in home games this year. The home stand closes 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).

Hearn Named to American Honor Roll
Sophomore guard Ariel Hearn was named to the American Conference honor roll on Dec. 23rd after her performance in a pair of Memphis wins before the holiday break. Hearn averaged 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a steal in the wins over Mississippi Valley State and UAPB. She shot 46.9 percent from the field, 53.8 percent from three-point range and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line.On the season, Hearn has already knocked down 29 three-point field goals, two more than she scored all of last season.

Hearn ranks first in The American in three-point field goal percentage (46.8) and third in three-point field goals made (2.4). She also ranks third in the league in scoring (18.3 ppg) and fifth in steals with 2.3.

Hearn Goes for 20 Again
Heading into the Temple game, Hearn has scored double digit points in 10 of 12 games this year and in 34 of 44 career games.

The 26 point game against MVSU was 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, and just missed the mark by three points, finishing with 17 points in just 23 minutes in the win over UAPB.

Tiger Bench Gains Some More Depth
Freshman post Brandi Goodman returned to the Memphis lineup just before the holiday break, after missing all of the preseason and the first 10 games of the season with a back injury.

Goodman played in late minutes for the Tigers against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, finishing with 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting, adding two rebounds and a blocked shot in 12 minutes.

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.

Including the UAPB game, Fuqua-Bey is averaging 9.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in the last five Tiger outings leading into conference play. She also leads the team with six blocked shots in the last five games.

Valuing the Basketball
Turnovers have haunted Memphis at moments throughout the season. Memphis has committed 20 or more turnovers in seven of the first 12 games, including three of the last five games.

In individual player stats, all of the Tigers except freshman Breigha Wilder-Cochran have more turnovers than assists. Wilder-Cochran leads Memphis with 55 assists against 40 turnovers.

Memphis committed just four turnovers in the win over UAPB before the holiday break.

On a Season-Best Winning Streak
Memphis has won four straight games heading in to conference play, including three wins at home. The four-game winning streak is the longest of the season for Memphis.


 

 

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