The worst thing a basketball team can do is underestimate their opponent. A team that’s on a losing streak has nothing to lose but everything to gain. Memphis started off strong this season with their win against Tennessee State but later suffered eight straight losses. UAB entered the game against Memphis with a 7-1 record. The last time these two teams played one another was in 2013 when Memphis beat UAB in a close game 73-72.
Due to the University of Memphis Athletic Alumni weekend, several former women basketball players were in attendance. During half-time, former players like Linda Street, Regina Street, Linda McKinnie and others were recognized for their contribution to the University of Memphis Women’s Basketball team.
Wonder if some of the former players gave these ladies a pep talk before the game? Whether that was true or not, the Lady Tigers seem to have gotten their mojo back. Memphis came out playing like their first game against Tennessee State University with all the pose and confidence they had with their first win of the season.
During the first quarter, the lead changed four times and the score tied twice. Memphis led by as much as 2 points and UAB lead by as much as 4 points. A layup by Damonique Miller helped give Memphis its largest lead of 6 points before UAB closed the gap and ended the 1st half with only 1 pt behind Memphis 36-37.
The Lady Tigers came back after the half ready for battle as the lead changed 4 times in the 3rd quarter. Three-point shots by Cheyenne Creighton, Taylor Barnes, and Jada Stinson helped Memphis extend its lead. A three-pointer by Taylor Barnes with 2:15 minutes left in the 3rd quarter helped Memphis get it’s biggest lead of the game by 11 points over UAB. UAB was able to close in on the lead with a layup by Katelynn Thomas and free throws by Rachel Childress. A 3 point shot by UAB Rachael Childress helped close the lead 5 points at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Memphis increased their Field Goal shooting percentage by 17 percent in the 4th quarter. Increased shooting percentage from UAB along with several missed Free Throw shots by Memphis allowed UAB to get within 5 points in the final seconds of the game. UAB Miyah Barnes hit a 3 pointer at the final buzzer that brought UAB within 2. The final score was 64-62 Memphis.