Tigers travel coast to coast for Thanksgiving week games


MEMPHIS, Tennessee – The Memphis Tiger women’s basketball team (3-1) will spend next week on the road as they take on the Flames of Liberty University on Tuesday night before flying to the West Coast to play in the Loyola Marymount University Thanksgiving Classic where they face off against LMU and Penn.

The Tigers come off a dominant 75-46 victory over Florida A&M which saw the team score 51 points in the first half while being led by Coriah Beck and Alana davis.

After outscoring the Rattlers 25-8 in the first quarter, Memphis would keep FAMU just 26 percent on shots in the second quarter to take a 51-19 lead heading into the second half. From there, the Tigers would claim their third straight home victory this season. This is the first time since the 2015-16 season that the Tigers have opened a season with three consecutive wins at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

To kick off their week-long trip, the Tigers will kick off Tuesday night in Lynchburg, Va., Against the Flames of Liberty (3-0).

The Flames come off a relentless overtime victory over James Madison and remain undefeated this season. With a seven-point lead heading into the final two minutes of regulation, Liberty saw their lead wane as JMU made a late offensive push to force overtime. Ten free throws for the Flames in overtime would help them secure the 66-61 victory.

For the season, Mya Berkman leads the charge for Liberty with 17.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

Last season, when Memphis and Liberty met, the Tigers’ offense rallied at the end of the road as a three straight points from Madison Griggs and Aerial wilson and late free throws secured the 72-67 victory.

Memphis will end their weeklong trip to Los Angeles, Calif., When they face Loyola Marymount and Penn on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

LMU (1-2) comes off their first win of the season after beating Utah State. The Lions’ 15-point halftime lead slowly narrowed as the Aggies faded in the third and fourth quarters, but free throws in the closing minutes of the game gave LMU the victory. 69-66.

For the season, Ariel Johnson leads with 13.7 points per game while Khari Clark and Nicole Rodriguez add 12.0 and 10.3 points per game. Johnson and Jasmine Jones have dominated the Lions boards this season, combining nearly half of the teams’ rebounds in three games.

Penn (3-0) collected wins over Hartford, King’s University and St. Francis Brooklyn to open the season. The Quakers took the lead in the first quarter with a 9-0 streak that would last for the remainder of the game as they clinched a 63-46 victory.

Five different Quaker players have a double-digit average in their first three games; Kayla Padilla leads the way with 22.5 while Mandy McGurk, Jordan Obi, Mia Lakstigala and Nikola Kovacikova total over 12.0 points per game.

Penn will face Villanova and UC San Diego before facing the Tigers.

Tuesday’s game against Liberty can be watched at ESPN +. Coverage of all games can be found on 98.9 THE ROAR OF MEMPHIS.

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