Women's Basketball Hosting League-Leading SMU Sunday

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Memphis (14-10, 5-5) vs. SMU (18-5, 9-1 C-USA)
Elma Roane Fieldhouse (Memphis, Tenn.)
Sun., February 17, 2013 - 2 pm (CT) 

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The University of Memphis women's basketball team hosts league-leading SMU, Sunday, at 2 p.m. in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. That game will be the University of Memphis Play 4Kay Pink Game, where all fans wearing pink will receive free admission and breast cancer survivors will be recognized at halftime.

Tigers vs. SMU
This is a young series compared to some for the Tigers. This is just the 10th meeting between the two teams, and SMU leads the overall series 5-4. Memphis has won three straight games in the series, including a 60-55 win in Dallas last year in the regular season meeting between the two teams, and then a 77-67 win over SMU in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Championships played in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse last season.

About SMU
SMU gained some serious firepower at the semester break when Kansas transfer Keena Mays became eligible. In 15 games, Mays has helped power SMU to a 9-1 start to league play and is averaging 17.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in league play. Senior guard Alisha Filmore has made the most of the additional scoring help in the backcourt, and averages 10.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, while Akil Simpson, who already has two solid seasons in the front court for the Mustangs under her belt, adds 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds a night. SMU had a 10-match winning streak snapped on the road at East Carolina on Thursday night, falling 63-47 as ECU's pressure forced SMU into 23 turnovers, which turned into 23 ECU points off turnovers on the other end.

Memphis vs. SMU -- 

The Series

SMU Leads 5-4

12/10/94 W 99-77 Home
1/13/06 L 67-45 Away
1/5/07 L 97-65 Home
2/14/08 L 93-49 Away
2/12/09 L 71-57 Home
1/9/10 L 64-59 Home/FEF
2/24/11 W 73-63 Home
2/9/12 W 60-55 Away
3/8/12 W 77-67


Beginning of Tour of the West for the Tigers

Conference USA is divided into divisions for the purpose of scheduling. Memphis is in the East, and plays a home-and-home each year with all the teams in the East. SMU is in the West, and as such, these two teams will face off just one time each year. The Tigers have already faced three West division teams (Houston, Tulane and Rice) and have three games remaining against teams from the West, two of them at home (SMU, UTEP). Memphis plays at Tulsa on Feb. 28th.

Abdul-Qaadir and Jackson Save Day With "Almost" Career Games
Junior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and freshman guard Jaymie Jackson each finished just one point shy of tying career highs in scoring in the 64-57 win over UAB on Thursday night. The almost-career highs helps offset tough shooting nights for the Tigers' leading scorers Nicole Dickson (who finished with 10 points on 2-for-11 shooting) and six points (on 3-for-11 shooting) from Ariel Hearn. That could be a good omen for the Tigers if the Abdul-Qaadir/Jackson duo could develop into consistent third and fourth scoring options. The single digit scoring night was just the sixth of the season for Hearn in 23 games.

Nicole Dickson -- Assist Leader?
Nicole Dickson ranks among the top 10 in Memphis career history in scoring, rebounding, three point shots attempted and made and blocks. On Thursday night, she led the team in assists, with three, including a length of court baseball pass to a wide open Jaymie Jackson to the Tigers out and running in transition.

Mired in the Middle
Coming out of Thursday night's league play, Memphis finds itself in a three-way tie with UAB and Tulsa for fifth in the C-USA standings at 5-5 with six regular season games remaining. The Tigers now hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with the series sweep over UAB. But the tie cannot be broken with Tulsa in the equation as neither UAB nor the Tigers has faced the Golden Hurricanes yet this season. Memphis plays at Tulsa on Feb. 28th. The Tigers' remaining conference slate is a tough one. Of the six remaining games on the schedule, the Tigers will be facing three teams currently ahead of them in the standings (SMU, UTEP and at East Carolina), one team tied with them and another (USM), just one game behind the Tigers.

Streak Snapper?
Memphis suffered its biggest loss of the season in the loss at UCF, falling 83-62 on the road to fall to 1-4 in C-USA road games. That loss also marked the first time this season that Memphis has lost back-to-back league contests, something that had not happened since the Tigers lost four straight games after losing starting point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir in the fourth game of the season to a broken hand.

McGraw Works Her Way to Line
Sophomore guard Lauren McGraw has been in the starting lineup in three of the last four games as the Tigers look to her for some defensive pressure. The defensive pressure has presented her with some more scoring opportunities, as she is averaging 6.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals over the last two games. After attempting a career-high 11 shots in the loss at UCF, she earned a career-high six tries from the free-throw line on Thursday night.

Abdul-Qaadir Ups Scoring Average
With Nicole Dickson and Ariel Hearn both out of sorts from the field in the game against UAB, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir stepped in to ease some of the scoring load. She finished with 16 points, one shy of her career best of 17 that she set in a loss at Houston earlier this year. The 16-point night was the seventh double-digit scoring performance of the season for Abdul-Qaadir, who missed seven games this season with a broken shooting hand. She is now averaging double-digit points, right at 10.0 ppg and led Memphis with four steals in 33 minutes in the win over UAB.

Ajanaku Impacting on the Glass
Senior guard Jamila Ajanaku set a career-high with five offensive boards in the loss at UCF, then followed that up with four defensive boards in the win over UAB. She is averaging 4.5 rebounds a game over the last two games, giving Memphis a much-needed rebounding guard.

Point Per Minute Ann Jones
Ann Jones came in and gave Memphis some big minutes off the bench in the win over UAB. She played just eight minutes, partly due to foul trouble in the first half when she picked up two fouls, but she finished shooting 2-for-2 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line for eight points -- one point per minute played.

Fuqua-Bey Goes for Double-Digits
Freshman forward Asianna Fuqua-Bey posted her fifth career double-digit scoring night in the loss at UCF Sunday. She finished with 11 points in the loss, using a career-best 7-for-11 performance from the free-throw line to offset a tough 2-for-7 shooting night from the floor. While her offense is still developing, she hasn't let that affect her work on the glass, where she is averaging 7.7 rebounds a game in the last three outings. Her 66 offensive rebounds this season already ranks fifth in the freshman single season records.

That's Foul
Memphis had troubles keeping their players in front of them in the loss at UCF. Four different Tigers fouled out for the first time this season and Memphis gave UCF a Tiger opponent record 46 attempts from the free-throw line. The 33 made free-throws from UCF was the second-most scored by any Tiger opponent in school history. The Tigers are 6-8 when they give their opponents 20 or more attempts from the free-throw line, including a mark of 2-4 in league play.

Mack Makes Most of Opportunity
Junior guard Devin Mack has had to await opportunities to get into the game with the emergence of the Tiger freshmen in the lineup this season. But after Memphis had all three point guards foul out at UCF, Mack stepped in and tried to make the most of her opportunity, knocking down a three-point shot to finish with three points in the loss at UCF. She was 1-for-2 from beyond the stripe at UCF. Her triple was her first made three-point field goal since the win over Wright State to close out non-conference play.

Dickson Moves to 10th in Career Scoring
With her 10 point night against UAB, Nicole Dickson has moved into the career top 10 at Memphis in scoring with 1,532 career points. That puts her squarely at 10th all-time, but she would have some work to do to move up any higher though. Kitty Allen is in ninth place with 1,823 points, 291 points away from where Dickson now sits.

Opponent Check-Up

Grambling State (8-20, 3-10 SWAC): Lost to Texas Southern, 59-58; plays at Jackson State, Sat..

Middle Tennessee (18-6, 13-2 Sun Belt): Lost, 74-70, in OT; plays at UALR, Saturday.

Illinois State (16-8, 8-4 Missouri Valley): Held on for a 71-68 win over Southern Illinois; hosts Evansville, Saturday. 

Texas-Arlington (5-18, 3-10 WAC): Won 60-58 over Idaho in interim head coach Karen Blair's first game; hosts Seattle, Saturday.

Prairie View A&M (9-13, 6-6 SWAC): Lost 62-56 at Jackson State; hosts MVSU, Saturday.  

East Tennessee State (6-14, 4-9 A-Sun): Lost to FCGU, 70-48; hosts Mercer, Saturday.

UALR (17-7, 10-6 Sun Belt): Picked up big road win at Arkansas State, 54-50; hosts East Division leaders Middle Tennessee, Saturday.

Illinois (14-9, 7-4 Big 10): Downed Minnesota, 76-66; hosts Wisconsin, Monday.

Alabama A&M (7-15, 6-6 SWAC): Swept by Alabama St 73-66; plays at Alcorn State, Saturday.

Saint Louis (10-14, 4-5 Atlantic 10): Lost at LaSalle, 49-46; hosts Fordham, Sunday.

Seton Hall (8-16, 3-8 BIG EAST): Fell to visiting Villanova, 63-34; plays at USF, Saturday.

Missouri (15-10, 4-7 SEC): Lost at Vanderbilt, 62-46; plays at Arkansas, Sunday.

Tennessee Tech (14-10, 8-3 OVC): Downed Jacksonville St., 79-52; plays at Morehead St. Sat.

Wright State (10-13, 4-6 Horizon League): Falls at Detroit, 73-66; hosts Loyola, Saturday.

Houston (10-13, 4-6 C-USA): Gave up an 11-0 run late and faltered 59-55 against Tulsa; plays at Tulane, Sunday.

Southern Miss (12-11, 4-6 C-USA): Suffered a third straight loss, falling 75-62 to UCF despite a 31 points from Jamierra Faulkner; plays at East Carolina, Sunday.

East Carolina (17-6, 7-3 C-USA): Handed SMU their first C-USA loss of the season, 63-47; hosts Southern Miss, Sunday.

Tulane (18-5, 7-3 C-USA): Downed visiting Rice, 61-45; hosts Houston, Sunday.

UAB (14-8, 5-4 C-USA): Downed ECU, 62-58; plays at Memphis, Thursday.

UCF (10-14, 4-6 C-USA): Won third straight game, winning 75-62 at Southern Miss; hosts UTEP, Sunday.

Rice (10-13, 2-8 C-USA): Lost on the road at Tulane, 61-45; plays at Tulsa, Sunday.

Marshall (8-15, 2-8 C-USA): Upended visiting UTEP for their second straight home win, 59-47; plays at UAB, Sunday.

SMU (18-5, 9-1 C-USA): Had 10-game winning streak snapped at East Carolina, 63-47; plays at Memphis, Sunday.

UTEP (18-5, 6-4 C-USA): Upended by Marshall, 59-47; plays at UCF, Sunday.

Tulsa (10-13, 5-5 C-USA): Used an 11-0 run at the end of the game to get a 59-55 win at Houston; hosts Rice, Sunday.



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