The Illinois Fighting Illini will travel to Memphis, Tennessee to play the Memphis Tigers. In their last game, the Illini lost to the Texas Tech Lady Raiders.
This game against the Tigers will be Illinois’ second road game before heading back home to Assembly Hall.
Memphis is a member of Conference USA (C-USA). They finished second in the C-USA last year with a 13-3 conference record. Currently, the Tigers are 3-4 this season.
The Memphis Tigers are out-scoring its foes by a 4.8-point margin and out-rebounding opponents by an average of 5.5 boards per game. However, they are only under .500 on the season.
The Tigers are playing well defensively this season as they are averaging 11.0 steals per game. Their top two “thieves” are senior forward Nicole Dickson and freshman guard Jaymie Jackson. Dickson has twelve steals this season and Jackson has ten steals this season.
Memphis has had to deal with a few injuries this season. They lost starting guard Mooriah Rowser to a knee injury in the Illinois State game and starting point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir to a broken hand against UT-Arlington.
The Tigers leading scorer is Dickson. She is averaging 21.4 points per game.
The Illini last met the Memphis Tigers on November 15, 2011 at Assembly Hall. Karisma Penn recorded a double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Kersten Magrum recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Illini beat the Tigers, 62-54.
Both the Illini and the Tigers are needing a win coming into this game. The Illini need a win because they have lost their last last two games. In their last game,Amber Moore performed well as she scored 21 points in the loss.
Overall, the Illini will need to take care of the ball on offense. They turned the ball over 22 times against Texas Tech and Memphis is just as good on defense. If Illinois wants to have a chance in this game, they will need to limit their turnovers.
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