MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis women’s basketball team fell to Alabama, 74-68 on Saturday at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Tigers are now 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the American Athletic Conference.
Alabama raced out to a 44-29 lead by the end of the first half, but the Tigers returned to the court with a vengeance. Memphis kept the scoring margin to just 10 points for the majority of the third quarter and went on a 6-0 run early in the fourth to further close the gap.
“I hate to repeat myself, but I think we played our butts off – at least in for the last three quarters,” said head coach Melissa McFerrin. “We just simply couldn’t survive a 25-point quarter, but I think our team did a great job of adjusting after that.”
Memphis battled its way back into the contest to make it a one-point game with less than two minutes left on the clock, but a series of made free throws by Alabama in the final seconds of regulation solidified the win for the Crimson Tide.
“The difference in the first and second halves for us as a team was just our hunger,” said junior Jatyjia ‘Tye’ Jones. “Everyone came back on the court after halftime ready to win. We decided as a team to just come together and get it done although sadly, we fell short.”
Senior Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu led the team with 19 points and nine rebounds, marking her fifth double-digit scoring game of the season. Jones and Alana Davis were the only two other Tigers to score in double-digits against Alabama. Jones totaled 15 points and six rebounds while Davis had 13 points and five rebounds.
“Obviously Dulcy and Alana played well for us, but I thought Tye Jones was absolutely outstanding,” said McFerrin. “She made so many great plays today.”
Typically praised for her defensive presence on the court, Jones has proven to be an offensive weapon for the Tigers as well. She scored 11 of her 15 total points in the final quarter alone.
“I’ve just been able to find the empty spots where the opposing team isn’t guarding or doesn’t have anyone and I use that to get my offense going,” said Jones.
Memphis is optimistic moving forward, looking only to improve as it leaves non-conference play in the past.
The Tigers return to action on Tuesday, hosting Houston at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m. and the game can be seen on ESPN+.