Tigers rebound with Win Over SMU statement; Shutes crosses the 1,000 point threshold
DALLAS, Texas– The Memphis women’s basketball team recorded a decisive win over the SMU Mustangs on Wednesday night; the Tigers had three players in double figures to score as they rode to a 72-54 win.
After tonight’s win, Memphis goes 14-9 overall and 5-7 in American Athletic Conference play.
Memphis jumped all over the Mustangs to open the game, going 7-0 in the opening 90 seconds of the first quarter and forcing SMU into a timeout. Tyler Friesian would extend the Tiger’s lead to 9-0 on their very next possession.
Six players scored for Memphis in the first quarter; Alana Davis, Tyler Friesian, Madison Grigg, Emani Jefferson, Coria beckand Jamirah Shuteswho posed in a bucket with 54 seconds left in the quarter to push the Tiger lead to 25-11.
Memphis’ attack didn’t let up in the second quarter, maintaining its double-digit lead throughout the 10 minutes and taking its biggest lead of the half after Jamirah Shutes completed one -and one game to cross the 1,000 point threshold. The Tigers would take a 41-24 lead before the break.
Although the third quarter was its lowest 10-minute shot of the game, Memphis’ defense didn’t let go against SMU’s offense.
A 7-0 run from Kayla White and Zaria Rufus of the Mustangs would cut the Tiger’s lead to 13 with 4:02 left in the third, but Memphis would respond with buckets from Davis, Jefferson, Beck and Maya Stovall.
It was all Memphis in the last 10 minutes of play; the Tigers took their biggest lead of the night at 71-49 with 2:30 left in the game when Stovall drained back-to-back free throws. While SMU would add late buckets of White and Jasmine Smith, Memphis’ lead was too much for the Mustangs and the Tigers would record their first victory in Dallas in 10 seasons with the 72-54 win.
Alana Davis led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points while going 7-11 from the field while Emani Jefferson and Jamirah Shutes added in 13 and 15 points, respectively. Jefferson and Tyler Friesian grabbed 15 combined rebounds tonight while Madison Grigg delivered four assists.
Memphis will be back in action this Saturday afternoon by hosting the Shockers of Wichita State for Senior Day. Tipping is due at 2 p.m. and Seniors’ Day celebrations will take place after the game.