MEMPHIS, Tennessee – After four road games, the Tigers returned to Elma Roane Fieldhouse to defend their unbeaten streak at home. That’s exactly what the Tigers did when they took a 57-50 victory over Southern University (0-5) to register their fourth victory at Fieldhouse this season.
After today’s win, Memphis drops to 7-2 on aggregate.
It took a bit for the Tigers to get used to being back at Bluff City, facing a 14-10 deficit after the first 10 minutes of play and being limited to just 36% on shots from the ground.
Memphis came back in force in the second quarter; as they opened the frame on an 11-0 run with buckets of Tyler frierson, Emani jefferson, En’Dya Buford and Maya stovall, the Tiger’s defense held the Jaguars scoreless for more than six minutes.
The Tigers would end the first half with back-to-back baskets from Frierson and Coriah Beck to take their biggest lead by the half at 28-20.
Memphis went 7-8 from the field and outscored the Jaguars 18-6 in the second frame.
Southern remained tight in the third quarter, tying the game for the third time on a Kayla Watson layup with 3:59 to go. Memphis would regain their lead after two free throws from Jamirah Shutes and baskets from Frierson and Jefferson to take a 38-33 lead in the final quarter.
The Tiger offense would pause to open the fourth quarter with six straight free throws from Shutes, Stovall and Alana davis to take their biggest lead of the day at 11. As the Jaguars continued to narrow the Tigers’ lead, Memphis’s defense held steady as they clinched the 57-50 victory.
Jamirah Shutes led the way for Memphis with 12 points and six rebounds while Tyler frierson and Emani jefferson both added in nine points.
As a team, Memphis shot 41.7% from the field and forced the Jaguars to make 22 turnovers.
The Tigers will take next week off games and get back to work when they travel to Towson and Howard on December 14 and 17, respectively. Memphis will be home one last time this semester when they host Nicholls on Monday, December 20. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.