Tigers close out regular season at home against ECU
MEMPHIS, Tenn.– The Memphis women’s basketball team will end the regular season this Wednesday night by hosting the East Carolina Pirates. Tipping is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Memphis (14-11, 5-9 AAC) is coming off a 71-58 loss to Cincinnati that saw the Tigers fight back from an 11-point first-half deficit. While Memphis managed to cut the Bearcats’ lead to just one in the third quarter, Cincinnati’s offense fired on the fires and handed the loss to the Tigers.
Alana Davis led the team with 12 points and nine rebounds while Emani Jefferson also had 12 points, including 10 from the free throw line. As a team, Memphis recorded 40 rebounds, 22 of them coming from the offensive side and marking the first time this season that the team recorded more offensive rebounds than defensive.
For the season, Jamirah Shutes leads the team with 11.4 points per game while Jefferson adds 10.0 points. Fifth year senior Tyler Friesian cleaned the boards for the Tigers with 6.0 rebounds per contest while Davis and Lanetta Williams catch a combined 9.8 per game.
ECU (11-16, 4-10 AAC) is coming off a close game with South Florida last weekend. The Pirates stayed within reach of the Bulls and even took the lead for a time in the second quarter. But, nine free throws taken from South Florida would threaten the Pirates’ comeback and they suffered a 68-60 loss.
For the season, Taniyah Thompson leads the team and the AAC with 18.7 points per game and is second on the team with 4.4 rebounds. Tylar Bennett leads the Pirates with 4.9 rebounds per game while Alexsia Rose has dished out 105 assists.
The Tigers and Pirates met just two and a half weeks ago when Memphis made the trip to Greenville on the first leg of a five-day trip. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been in the Tiger’s favor; they were limited to just 14 points in the first half and 38 points in total for the game and faced defeat 68-38.
Coverage of Wednesday’s game can be found on ESPN+ and on News Talk 98.9 The Roar of Memphis with Tyler Springs On call.
After Wednesday’s game, the Tigers will begin preparing for the American Athletic Conference Championship at Dickie’s Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. The standings, hours of play and opponents will be available after the end of the regular season.