Women's Basketball Falls to Memphis 70-52
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Senior All-American candidate Tiffany Adkins scored 16 of her 21 points in the second half, to help the University of Memphis Lady Tigers grab their first C-USA win of the season against the Blue Demons of DePaul on Friday evening, 70-52. Adkins was everywhere during thelast ten minutes of regulation and finished with nine boards and three steals in Memphis' (8-5, 1-1) first win of the new year.
The opening period was a defensive struggle with the Lady Tigers applying full-court pressure which resulted in 11 steals compared with two for the Blue Demons. Still, DePaul ( 7-5, 1-1) jumped all over Memphis throughout the majority of the first half and lead by as many as eight. Memphis however, managed to take the lead twice in the opening period and went into the intermission up by one, after a last-second three pointer by Adkins at the buzzer.
The second period looked much like the first, until the U of M took the lead with just under 16 minutes to play, after two key free throws by junior forward Melissa Abraham. That made the score 35-34 in favor of Memphis and from there on the Lady Tigers never let up. DePaul got within one point after Candis Blankson converted a short jumper but that was as close as the Blue Demons would get. Memphis kept the pressure on and never let up, going ahead by as many as 12 in the final ten minutes of regualtion, before eventually cruising to their first conference win of the season.
The Lady Tigers as a team, forced a total of 24 turnovers by the Blue Demons and also held them under 40 percent from the field. While Memphis committed only 19 turnovers and shot 48 percent from the floor. The Lady Tigers also collected 19 steals compared with nine for the Blue Demons.
Junior forward Malissa Bush was key in the first half and finished up with 11 points and five rebounds. Senior forward Patrice Boyd went for 28 minutes of action and scored ten points while grabbing eight boards, in the win.
For DePaul, Blankson was five-of-nine from the floor and finished with
11 points. Jamie Lewis had a team-high seven boards.