MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Tigers women’s basketball team will split their week between away and home as they take on the Pirates of East Carolina on Wednesday night before hosting the Bulls of South Florida on Saturday afternoon.
Memphis (11-8, 3-3 AAC) has earned its second straight conference win after beating Temple last Saturday night. Madison Griggs led the team with 14 points Emani Jefferson and Hannah Riddick combined for 24 points and 18 rebounds. Jefferson had a career night on the offensive end, recording seven assists during the game while making three blocking shots.
As a team, the Tigers lead the conference in free throw attempts per game and free throws per game, while finishing second in the AAC in offensive rebounds and total rebounds per game.
Jamirah Shutes currently, the team leads with 14.2 points per game, while Griggs adds just over 12 points per contest.
East Carolina (14-6, 5-2 AAC) comes into play on Wednesday after the program’s first win at Charles Koch Arena after earning the 66-57 win over Wichita State. The Pirates had three players in double digits while the team forced the Shockers to 27 turnovers.
Danae McNeal leads the team with 16.3 points per game while Amiya Joyner adds 9.6 points and just over seven rebounds. As a team, ECU’s aggressive defense forces more than 26 turnovers per game, a statistic that ranks them first in the AAC.
When the Tigers and Pirates met earlier this season, ECU prevailed with a 55-47 win over Memphis. A 21-point quarter from East Carolina would give them their first lead since the end of the first half as they shot 63% from the field in the final 10 minutes of the game.
South Florida (18-4, 7-0 AAC) remains one of only two teams undefeated in the American Athletic Conference after beating Houston and Central Florida last week.
In their last game, the Bulls rode to an 83-51 win over the Knights behind 21 points from Elena Tsineke and a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds from Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu.
This season, Tsineke, Fankam Mendjiadeu and Sammie Puisis lead the team in goals, while Fankam Mendjiadeu averages a double-double with 12.4 rebounds per game – which is their first place in the league.
The Bulls and Tigers met just a few weeks ago in Tampa, where the USF defense would hold Memphis to just eight points in both the first and third quarters.
Wednesday’s game in Greenville is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. CT while Saturday’s game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Coverage of both games can be found on ESPN+ and on 98.9 FM The Roar of Memphis interviews Tyler Springs.
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