Women's Hoops Wins Fifth Straight with 73-64 Win Over Tennessee Tech
Dec. 31, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- - Freshman Ariel Hearn posted her first collegiate double-double with season highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds to lift Memphis to a 73-64 non-conference victory over Tennessee Tech at Elma Roane Fieldhouse in a New Year's Eve afternoon contest.
With the win, Memphis improves to 8-5 and has won five straight. Tennessee Tech falls to 7-7.
Hearn recorded her season-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from the arc and 3-of-5 from the free throw line. She added four assists in 33 minutes of action.
Hearn led four Tigers scoring in double figures, as Nicole Dickson (15 points), Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (13) and Asianna Fuqua-Bey (13) also hit double digits. Fuqua-Bey was the Tigers' second-leading rebounder with eight boards.
Diamond Henderson led the Golden Eagles with 18 points, and Jala Harris added 15 points. Harris led Tennessee Tech on the glass with five boards.
The Golden Eagles held a 33-32 halftime lead, and despite losing the advantage to Memphis, stayed within striking distance of the Tigers at 39-38 three minutes into the second half on a Lashay Davis three-pointer. But, that's when Memphis took control of the game.
Over the next five minutes, the Tigers went on an 11-0 run to take a 50-38 advantage. Consecutive treys by Dickson and Abdul-Qaadir keyed the run. After a Henderson three-point play that cut the Tigers' lead to 50-41, Memphis went on another short 7-0 spurt to increase its advantage to 58-41 with 10:43 to go. Hearn sparked the run with a layup and three-pointer.
However, Tennessee Tech did not quit. Over the next 5:15, the Golden Eagles went on a 15-4 spurt to slice the Memphis lead to 62-56 with 5:28 on the clock. Henderson (three baskets) and Harris (two baskets, two FT) combined for 12 of the Golden Eagles' 15 points in the run.
Hearn halted the Tennessee Tech run with a jumper at the 4:44 mark, and the Tigers sealed the contest at the free throw line in the final minutes. Memphis was 7-of-8 from the charity stripe in the final 1:26 of the contest.
In the first half, Tennessee Tech broke open a 10-all game with 7-0 run that began with a Molly Heady layup. Following a Memphis turnover, Kellie Cook tacked on two more points with a jumper, increasing the Golden Eagle lead by four at 14-10. Under a minute later, Harris nailed jumper, drawing a foul. Harris nailed the and-one to extend the Tennessee Tech advantage to seven.
The Tigers responded with seven unanswered points of their own. Reeling in an offensive rebound, Ann Jones sank a layup to cut the Golden Eagles lead to five. Pa'Sonna Hope followed with another layup, pulling the Tigers to within three at 17-14. Hearn then netted the three-point equalizer, tying the game at 17-all.
Moments later, the Golden Eagles regained the lead 19-17 on a Mariah Dean layup. Hope was then fouled, and she drained one of two from the charity stripe, keeping the Tigers within one at 19-18.
With 8:42 left to play in the first half, Memphis took its first lead of the game 20-19 on a Hearn layup. Hearn finished the half in double digits, recording 14 points.
The Tigers and Golden Eagles traded baskets with neither team gaining more than a two-point advantage the next four minutes. With the Tigers trailing 30-28, Abdul-Qaadir hauled in an offensive rebound and laid it in for two, knotting the score for the eighth time in the first 20 minutes. Memphis then took its second lead of the game on a pair of Jaymie Jackson free throws.
With 37 seconds to play before the half, Davis drained a trey to give the Golden Eagles a 33-32 lead, and that was the score at the break.
Memphis shot 45.3 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from the arc. The Tigers defense held Tennessee Tech to 35.8 percent from the floor and 18.2 percent from the three-point line. Memphis won the battle on the glass 45-37, but committed 17 turnovers.
The Tigers return to action Saturday, Jan. 5 when they host Wright State in their final non-conference game of the season at 1 p.m. (CT) at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.