Feb. 13 W-Basketball Notebook & Statistics
Feb. 13, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA will have all 12 teams in action Thursday night including league-leader and undefeated SMU. The Mustangs are 18-4 on the season and own a flawless 9-0 record in C-USA action. SMU, winner of 10-straight, travels to East Carolina for a 6 p.m. CT tip. The Pirates are coming off of a tough 62-58 loss at UAB that snapped their five-game winning streak. ECU is 16-6 overall and currently in a three-way tie for second-place in the league¡¦s standings with Tulane and UTEP at 6-3.
Four-time C-USA Player of the Week, junior guard Keena Mays is averaging 20.6 points per game, while senior guard Alisha Filmore accounts for 12.1 ppg. SMU is 10th in the country, shooting 37.7 percent from 3-point range, and 31st with 11.4 steals per game. The Mustangs also score a league-best 70.4 ppg.
ECU leads C-USA in scoring defense, allowing just 54.5 points, while scoring 64.5 per game. Seniors Whitny Edwards leads the team with 12.0 ppg, and Celeste Stewart adds 11.0. Senior Britny Edwards scores 10.5 with 8.9 rebounds per game.
The Mustangs are 5-4 all-time against the Pirates, but have won five of the last six, including a 68-44 win last season.
Southern Miss (12-10, 4-5) is coming off a heart-breaking 60-55 loss at UTEP and looks to snap a two-game losing streak Thursday against UCF. Junior point guard Jamierra Faulkner continues to lead the team in scoring with a 17.9 ppg while senior guard Tanecka Carey is next at 14.9. Freshman Jerontay Clemons leads the team in rebounding with 6.5 rebounds per game while contributing 9.9 points. As a team, the Lady Eagles are averaging 62.7 points on 39.5 percent shooting from the field. The Black and Gold is averaging 39.4 rebounds and shooting 63.2 percent from the charity stripe.
UCF (9-14, 3-6) brings a two-game winning streak into the game. Freshman Briahanna Jackson and Gevenia Carter paces the Knights with 15.3 and 13.5 per game averages, respectively. Erika Jones leads the team in rebounding at 8.0 rebounds per game. The Knights are averaging 58.7 points and 37.7 rebounds per game. UCF is shooting 35.1 from the field and 67.5 percent from the line.
This will be the 24th meeting between Southern Miss and UCF. USM leads the overall series 15-8 and have won the first 12 meetings between the two teams.
Tulsa takes its two-game winning streak to Houston to face the Cougars at Hofheinz Pavilion. Tulsa (9-13) and Houston (10-12) are two of four teams in the league tied at 4-5 in conference play. Memphis and Southern Miss are the other two teams in the league sitting at 4-5 in C-USA action.
The Golden Hurricane averages 62.5 points per game and holds opponents to a 61.7 per game average. TU is led by senior guard Taleya Mayberry who accounts for 18.6 ppg and a team-high 84 assists and 52 steals. Freshman Kelsee Grovey nets 10.0 ppg, senior Tiffani Couisnard averages 8.4 ppg, a team-best 8.8 rpg and has a team-leading 24 blocks.
Houston snapped a four-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 53-51 win over Rice Sunday. UH is led by senior guard Porsche Landry with 16.5 ppg and owns 100 assists and 46 steals. Junior Yasmeen Thompson pulls down a team-best 8.9 rpg and has 34 blocks, while junior Te¡¦onna Campbell has 65 blocks on the year.
This will be the 15th meeting between the two teams, as the Golden Hurricane owns an 8-6 lead in the all-time series, including wins in both contests a year ago.
UAB (14-8, 5-4) travels to Memphis (13-10, 4-5) in hopes of its second-straight C-USA win at Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Blazers look to avenge an earlier loss to the Tigers that came on Jan. 24 at Bartow Arena. In UAB¡¦s first C-USA defeat, Memphis stormed back after trailing, 32-26, at the half for an eventual 63-55 win. Since that contest, the Tigers are just 1-3 with two losses to UCF and a road to Marshall.
Junior Ashley Grimes is averaging 25 ppg over the last three contests for UAB. Grimes scored in double figures in 13 of her 17 starts this season. She became the first Blazer since Jala Harris to score more than 30 points in a single game when she netted 31 against East Carolina Sunday. Senior Amber Jones and junior Karisma Chapman join Grimes as the team¡¦s leading scorers. In fact, Jones leads the Blazers with 14.5 ppg, while Chapman is averaging 12.5 ppg.
Memphis is one of the top scoring teams in Conference USA as the Tigers average 69.7 ppg, the second-best in the league. Senior forward Nicole Dickson leads the team with 19.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest. Dickson scored a game-high 19 points against the Blazers on Jan. 24.
Also in action Thursday night will be UTEP at Marshall and Tulane hosting Rice.
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