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Tigers put in for-real work against Rhodes

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Published in Sports

U of M Lady Tigers basketballAs exhibition games, University of Memphis women's basketball coach Melissa McFerrin got just about what she needed out of the tilt against the Rhodes College Lynx last Saturday (Nov. 3)

Memphis rolled over Rhodes 88 to 30 during an afternoon exhibition game at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

The Tigers looked strong against the over-matched Lynx, with McFerrin all-in-all pleased with what she saw.

"Right now I think we have a team that is committed to winning and playing basketball," McFerrin said. "We'll get stronger as we become more aggressive. We need five-on-five reps against somebody other than ourselves right now. This was good for us."

The Tigers' starting lineup featured three sophomores and two freshmen, including freshman standout and 5'9' guard Mooriah Rowser.

Rowser led the Tigers with 17-points, followed by freshman guard Ariel Hearn with 16. Rowser, sophomore guard Lauren McGraw and Asianna Fuqua-Bey each had two steals. Senior Nicole Dickson finished with 15 points and led in rebounding with nine.

"It was fun," Rowser said of the chance to start the game. "I was excited to play my first game. I was excited to get out there and make an impact any way I could."

The Tigers went on a 7-0 run in the first two minutes of the game, kicked off by Ann Jones' lay-up. McGraw followed with a steal and another lay-up.

The Tigers went on a 15-0 run in nine minutes, with Rowser and Hearn on the floor combining for 10 points.

Mary Barber led the Lynx with 11 points. Natalie Goodrum and Sarah Johnson each contributed seven points and two assists. Taylor Money and Catherine Eckert led Rhodes with two steals apiece.

NOTE: Memphis will face Grambling State as it kics off the regular season Friday (Nov. 9) at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT.

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