Women's Basketball Gets First C-USA Road Win, 63-55

Jan. 24, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - - The University of Memphis women's basketball team (12-7, 3-2) out-scored UAB 37-23 in the second half to hand the Blazers (12-5, 3-1 C-USA) their first loss in a 63-55 decision in Bartow Arena, Thursday night.

The Tigers trailed at the half, 32-26, as 11 first half turnovers and 12 first half fouls helped UAB bounce back from a Tiger lead to close out the half on a 16-6 run. That run was powered by Memphis shooting 2-for-16 in the final eight minutes of the half while committing five turnovers. While the Tigers' offense was sputtering with both Nicole Dickson and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir on the bench with a pair of fouls, UAB turned Amber Jones loose to penetrate the Tigers' zone defense and the senior point guard either found receivers or was drawing fouls. The Blazers knocked down 9-of-11 free-throws to build the cushion behind 10 first half points from Karisma Chapman.

"I have to hand it to our youngsters," Melissa McFerrin said. "At one point in the first half, we had three freshmen and two sophomores out there and our defense was solid enough to keep UAB from pulling away from us. Then when we got Nicole and Qisi back in the second half, I thought UAB had a tough time with some of our trapping scenarios and threw some balls away. But that is a quality UAB team that we won and this is a hard place to win at."

The game had 11 ties and seven lead changes. But when Dickson hit her only triple of the night, she put the Tigers up 47-46 with 7:40 to play in the game. She then reeled added a jumper and tipped a UAB defensive rebound away to Jaymie Jackson, who laid it in to put Memphis in front 51-46. An Ann Jones putback gave Memphis its biggest lead of the night at 53-46 with 4:42 left and the Tigers had to wait for the inevitable UAB run.



It came from senior guard Amber Jones. Jones knocked down one of two free-throws, then drilled her first three of the night to cut the one-time lead to 53-50. Karisma Chapman then picked Ariel Hearn's pocket and went coast-to-coast for a lay-in to make it 53-52 Memphis with 2:39 to play.

But it was Memphis' senior that closed out the game, as Dickson scored six straight points, including a fall away baseline jumper as the shot clock expired that pushed Memphis back ahead 57-52. The Tigers closed out the game at the free-throw line, where they were 18-for-21 on the night.

"This is a tough place to win in," Dickson said. "UAB is a good team that defends well and rebounds, but if we just focus on playing Memphis basketball, we can get the win."

Dickson led Memphis with 19 points after playing just seven minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. Hearn added 13 points while Asianna Fuqua-Bey led the Tigers with eight rebounds. Ann Jones added seven rebounds off the bench, including five on the offensive end.

Chapman led UAB with 19 points, while Jones finished with 12 points and five assists. Chapman posted a double-double with 10 rebounds as well in the first C-USA loss of the season for the Blazers.

Memphis returns home to host UCF, Sunday, at 2 p.m. That game will be the Pack the House game for the Tigers. Admission is just $1.00 for all fans. Halftime of that game will also kick off the Greek Olympics at the University of Memphis women's basketball games. All U of M students receive free admission with their student IDs.

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