-University of Memphis
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Memphis (6-5) had just three double-digit scorers in a 65-58 win at Seton Hall (4-8), but that ended up being all it needed to get their fourth road win of the season. Freshman Ariel Hearn and Asianna Fuqua-Bey each posted career high points, while Nicole Dickson chipped in with her fifth 20-point game of the year.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Head Coach Melissa McFerrin said in the locker room. “I had to ask for energy and effort and Seton Hall just struggled with their offense, but hey, it’s a win, we’ll take it and head into the break over .500 and with four road wins.”
It was a rough start to the game for the Tigers, who trailed 9-0 and forced Melissa McFerrin to burn a timeout at the 16:20 mark in the first half. It would take almost another three minutes before Memphis got on the board with Nicole Dickson’s first point. But while Memphis was slowly warming up, the Pirates were going ice-cold. Dickson’s first three-point field goal started a 20-0 Memphis run that totally flip-flopped the score from Memphis being down 11 at 13-2 to being up by 12 at 25-13 with 5:35 left in the first half.
But Seton Hall shooter Brittany Morris tried to get her team going, as the leftie drilled a three to snap a 7:45 scoreless drought for the host team. She followed that with seven more points, and with Asianna Fuqua-Bey and her rebounding and floor-running ability on the bench with three fouls, the Pirates trimmed the Tiger lead to 31-25 at the half. Fuqua-Bey’s work on the glass and her ability to sneak behind the Seton Hall zone helped power the 20-0 Memphis run and gave the freshman nine first half points before she had to be pulled for her third personal foul.
The Tigers started the second half on a 7-0 run and seemed to be putting the game away early. But like the young squad did in the win at Saint Louis, things got a little hairy in the waning minutes of the game. With the Tigers up 59-44 with 5:23 remaining in the game, the Pirates went on a 9-0 run to cut into the Memphis lead from 15 to six. Memphis got a pair of free throws from Hearn to snap the run, but Seton Hall kept right on forcing the issue, trimming the lead to just five at 61-56 before Memphis nailed the win down at the free-throw line.
Hearn finished with a career-best 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting, while fellow freshman Asianna Fuqua-Bey added a career-best 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting off the bench. Fuqua-Bey was a handful for the Pirates post to try to handle down low, adding six rebounds and helping send multiple Pirates to the bench with foul issues. Nicole Dickson scored 20 points. That marked the second time this season that the Tigers have had two players with 20 or more points in the game.