-University of Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Memphis (9-5) downed Wright State (6-7) 109-68, Saturday, at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The game marked the first time since 1999 that the Tigers have scored over 100 points in a game. Nicole Dickson recorded her fourth 30-point game of the season, hauling in 34 points, two shy of her career best set against Illinois State (11/18/12) earlier this season.
Following two points by Wright State’s Ivory James to start the game, the Tigers embarked on a 12-0 run in the first three minutes of the game. Nicole Dickson drained the first three of her 25 first half points to start the offensive attack. Following a free-throw by Asianna Fuqua-Bay, Dickson and Ariel Hearn tacked on four more points with a lay-up each to extend the Memphis advantage.
Seconds later, Bilqis-Abdul Qaadir took a steal coast-to-coast for jumper, increasing the Memphis lead 8-2. Dickson, accounting for seven points in the Memphis run, then sank a lay-up to give the Tigers a 10-point lead.
The Tigers led by as much as 14 points in the first 20 minutes, however, Wright State slowed it down and fought back. Trailing 27-13 eight-minutes into the game, the Raiders’ K.C. Elkins and Kim Demmings each hit two three-pointers a piece to help draw Wright State within five of the Memphis lead.
With five minutes left to play in the first act, Dickson scored 11-points in a four-minute span. The Greenville, Tenn., native’s run included sinking six foul shots, a lay-up, a jumper and a trey to keep the Tigers out front 51-41.
As the seconds wound down in the half, Elkins drained a three-pointer to cut the Memphis lead to seven. On the ensuing Memphis possession, Krishunda Harvey made tight-rope save to keep the ball in bounds, and drove to the hoop for a jumper to increase the Tigers’ lead 53-44 as time expired. Harvey notched a career high in points on the afternoon with seven.
In the second half, the Tigers came out on fire, outscoring Wright State 9-4 in the first four minutes. Ironically, a fire alarm sounded at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse following a jumper and an and-one by Jamilla Anjanaku to put the Tigers up 61-48.
The alarm halted play for nearly 10-minutes before the determination was made that play was safe to resume. The Tigers went on to outscore the Raiders 56-24 in the final act. Dickson and Abdul-Qaadir each recorded nine points in the half, with all but one player scoring at least three points.
With five minutes left to play, the Tigers reached the 100-point mark for the first time since defeating Arkansas State 101-86 in 1999 in the WNIT. Leading 97-59, Memphis’ Lauren McGraw nailed a jumper, putting the Tigers within in one of the milestone.
Twenty seconds later, Ann Jones sank her first of two shots from the charity stripe to put Memphis over the century mark 101-62. Courtney Powell and Pa’Sonna Hope combined for eight more points, with the Tigers leading 109-68 at the final buzzer.
Dickson led Memphis with 34 points and five blocks. Hope led the Tigers with nine rebounds, three shy of her career best of 12. Jaymie Jackson swiped four steals, leading Memphis, one shy of her career-best of five. Hearn dished out eight assists to lead the team, four shy of her career-best of 12.
For the Raiders, James and Elkins each led the team with 14 points and five assists. Demmings recorded a team-leading two steals, while Brianna Innocent hauled in team-leading seven rebounds.
The Tigers open Conference USA play, Thursday at Houston, with tip-off set for 7 p.m.