Women's Basketball Facing C-USA Unbeaten UAB Thursday on the Road

Jan. 23, 2013

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The Memphis women's basketball team (11-7, 2-2 C-USA) is still looking for its first league road win, and takes their game to UAB to face the Blazers (12-4, 3-0 C-USA), Thursday, at 7 p.m.

Tigers vs. UAB
This is the 47th meeting between the two programs and Memphis leads the overall series, 28-18. The Tigers swept the regular season from the Blazers last year, picking up a rare road win in Bartow Arena, 70-59, in the first game, then winning in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, 71-56. Memphis is 9-11 in games played in Birmingham and last year’s win there marked just the second victory in seven tries for the Tigers.

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About UAB
The Blazers are off to a blistering-hot start in C-USA play, using two road wins, including a 61-57 victory at UTEP in their last outing, to remain just half a game behind SMU in the league standings for first place. Another of the league’s talented point guards, the Blazers are quarterbacked by senior Amber Jones, who averages 13.6 ppg and is one of three Blazers to rank among the league leaders in steals per game, with 2.6 a night. Karisma Chapman and Ashley Grimes give the Blazers a talented front court. Chapman averages 12.3 ppg and 6.4 rebounds, while Grimes averages 11.2 points and 3.3 rebounds a night. Taking care of the basketball will be paramount to the Tigers’ chances for a tough road win. UAB has three players that rank in the top of the league in steals per game, and when they aren’t turning you over, they just aren’t letting teams score. UAB has the league’s top defense, holding opponents to just 26.3 percent from the field in league play and allowing a stingy 49.7 ppg. UTEP was the first league opponent to score over 50 points on UAB, and still lost the game, 61-57. The Blazers have held both UCF and Houston to under 50 points in a game. The Tigers lost at Houston and gave up 77 points to that same Houston roster.

Dickson Shy of Top 10 in Career Rebounds and Blocks
Everyone in the league knows Nicole Dickson as a scorer, but the senior forward is just five rebounds shy of breaking into the career top 10 at Memphis in rebounding heading into the game at UAB. She has 680 career boards and is eying Melissa Abraham’s (1998-2002) mark of 685 rebounds, which is 10th in Memphis history. Dickson is also three blocked shots away from the career top 10 in that category as well. She has 51 blocks, just three shy of ninth place, where Taylor Mumphrey (2009-11) and Raven Rogers (2001-05) sit. Of course, Dickson has also some offensive game. With her 31 point effort at Tulane, she passed the 1,400 point mark. She currently ranks 15th at Memphis in scoring with 1,424 points and is three points shy of moving to 14th all-time in scoring, where Shannon Hamp’s (1999-2003) mark of 1,427 points sits.

30 is the New 20
Nicole Dickson scored 31 points in the loss at Tulane. She was 12-for-24 from the field in that game, and accounted for exactly half of Memphis’ points (the Tigers lost 72-62). The 31-point game was the fifth game of the season that Dickson has gone over the 30 point mark. Dickson is one of three players in NCAA DI women’s basketball that has scored 30 or more points in five or more games this season. She is currently tied with Georgetown senior Sugar Rodgers with five and trails only FIU junior Jerica Coley who has done so in six games. She seems to have no problem finding points the road. Four of her five 30-point efforts have come on road trips.

Dickson’s 30-Point Club
at Illinois State -- 36 points
at UT Arlington -- 30 points
at East Tennessee State -- 30 points
Wright State -- 34 points
at Tulane -- 31 points

Hearn’s Double-Digit Streak Snapped

Freshman guard Ariel Hearn had her worst shooting night of the season in the loss at Tulane, shooting just 16.7 percent (2-for-12). She also had just two free-throw attempts, the second-lowest attempt total for the season for her in a game and finished with just seven points. That single digit night snapped a 11-game streak of double-digit points for the collegiate newcomer. Hearn has battled foul trouble in the first half of C-USA road games. She played just eight minutes in the first half of the loss at Tulane, and played just seven minutes in the first half of the loss at Houston to start the C-USA slate. Keeping the freshman on the floor is key to the Tigers’ success, as she is the team’s second-leading scorer with 14.7 ppg and leads the team with 76 assists.

Abdul-Qaadir Looking For Career Point No. 500
The Tigers struggled with freshman guard Ariel Hearn not scoring at Tulane; that problem was compounded by redshirt junior Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir having her toughest shooting night of the season at the same time. Abdul-Qaadir was 1-for-13 from the field (7.7 percent) and was 1-for-5 from three-point range. She is now just one point shy of her 500th career point. The junior missed seven games earlier this season with a broken right hand, her shooting hand. She returned to the line-up after the semester break in the win over Missouri.

Tigers in the RPI
Memphis improved from No. 139 in the NCAA RPI to No. 126 with the win over East Carolina and the loss at Tulane. The Tigers have another opportunity in the game at UAB Thursday. The Blazers are No. 115 in the country in RPI, and with road wins weighted heavier than home wins, the Tigers could improve their ranking by another big leap if they could find a win at UAB. The Blazers rank fourth in C-USA in RPI, leaping from 159 to 115 with the win at UTEP on Sunday. Memphis is sixth at 126, and hosts eighth ranked RPI team UCF, Sunday, back in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

Don’t Foul!
Memphis is a team gets whistled for a lot of fouls, they rank No. 319 out of 343 NCAA Division I teams with 19.3 personal fouls per game called against them. When the Tigers give their opponents more than 20 attempts from the free-throw line, they are 5-6 on the season. When Memphis gives their opponents fewer than 19 attempts from the stripe, they are 6-1.

With the Loss at Tulane
- Memphis fell to 5-6 when giving up more than 60 points to their opponents. The Tigers are 6-1 when holding teams to under 60 points.

- Memphis fell to 0-2 in C-USA road games. Memphis heads into UAB with back-to-back C-USA road losses. The Tigers have not lost three straight C-USA games since Melissa McFerrin’s first season when they lost five straight games, including three straight road games at Houston, East Carolina and Marshall. The last time Memphis lost that many road games, they snapped the five-game losing streak with a road win -- at UAB, 65-60.

- Melissa McFerrin is still looking for Memphis career coaching win No. 90. She is 89-60 at Memphis heading into the Thursday night contest at UAB.

- Memphis fell to 4-6 on the season when committing more turnovers than their opponents. The Tigers finished with 20 turnovers, compared to 15 for Tulane. Tulane converted those 20 Tiger turnovers into 20 fast break points and 15 points off turnovers.

Opponent Check-Up

Grambling State (2-16, 1-6 SWAC): Lost fourth straight game, 61-54, falling to Jackson State; hosts the University of New Orleans, Wednesday in final non-conference game..

Middle Tennessee (13-5, 8-1 Sun Belt): Won seventh straight game, 72-36 over Louisiana; hosts SBC West Division leading North Texas, Thursday.

Illinois State (12-6, 4-2 Missouri Valley): Downed Southern Illinois, 89-41; hosts Indiana State, Friday.  

Texas-Arlington (3-14, 1-6 WAC): Lost sixth straight game, falling at Idaho; hosts Utah State, Thursday..

Prairie View A&M (6-10, 3-3 SWAC): Upended by UA Pin Bluff, 57-50; hosts Alabama State, Saturday. 

East Tennessee State (3-10, 1-5 A-Sun): Lost at Mercer, 79-64; hosts North Florida, Saturday.

UALR (11-7, 4-6 Sun Belt): Lost at Western Kentucky, 70-61; hosts Florida Atlantic, Wednesday.

Illinois (10-8, 3-3 Big 10): Dropped a game to visiting Northwestern, 62-58; plays at Minnesota, Monday.

Alabama A&M (6-11, 5-2 SWAC): Lost to Southern, 76-63; plays at Texas Southern, Saturday.

Saint Louis (7-11, 1-2 Atlantic 10): Lost to visiting St. Joseph’s, 69-38; plays at Richmond, Wednesday.

Seton Hall (7-12, 2-4 BIG EAST): Lost to USF, 74-52; hosts Rutgers, Sunday.

Missouri (13-6, 2-3 SEC): Picked up first SEC road win by hitting a free throw in overtime for a 73-72 win at Ole Miss; hosts Arkansas, Thursday.

Tennessee Tech (10-9, 4-2 Ohio Valley): Lost to visiting UT Martin, 81-63; hosts Austin Peay, Saturday.

Wright State (8-9, 2-2 Horizon League): Evened their league record with a 67-56 road win at Loyola; hosts UIC, Thursday.

Houston (8-8, 2-1 C-USA): Won on the road at Marshall, 71-63; hosts Southern Miss, Thursday.

Southern Miss (10-7, 2-2 C-USA): Won at UCF, 62-57; plays at Houston, Thursday.

East Carolina (12-5, 2-2 C-USA): Evened their conference mark with a 69-63 win over Tulsa; plays at Tulane, Sunday.

Tulane (14-3, 3-1 C-USA): Downed the Tigers, 72-62; hosts East Carolina, Thursday.

UAB (12-4, 3-0 C-USA): Handed UTEP their first C-USA loss, 61-57; hosts Memphis, Thursday.

UCF (6-11, 0-3 C-USA): Lost to visiting Southern Miss, 62-57; plays at Tulsa, Thursday.

Rice (9-7, 1-2 C-USA): Fell to league-leading SMU, 73-51; hosts UTEP, Thursday.

Marshall (6-11, 0-4 C-USA): Lost to visiting Houston, 71-63; hosts UAB, Sunday.

SMU (13-4, 4-0 C-USA): Took a half game lead in the league standings with a 73-51 win over Rice; plays at Tulsa, Sunday.

UTEP (14-2, 2-1 C-USA): Had nine-game winning streak snapped with a 61-57 loss to visiting UAB; plays at Rice, Thursday.

Tulsa (6-11, 1-3 C-USA): Lost at East Carolina, 69-63; hosts UCF, Thursday.



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