Dec. 17, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - Shantale Bramble-Donaldson recorded her fourth double double of the year but it wasn't enough as Memphis defeated Louisiana Tech 86-67 Saturday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena in the first day of the 2011 St. John's Chartwell Holiday Classic.
Brittany Carter scored 24 points and Jasmine Lee added 23 points as Memphis (9-1) won for the seventh straight time while snapping LA Tech's (5-7) three-game winning streak.
The Tigers shot 51 percent (31-61) from the field, including 64 percent (14-22) in the second half, while holding the Lady Techsters to only 33 percent (22-66) shooting.
Memphis started the game strong, scoring the first eight points before Tech guard Whitney Jones nailed a three-pointer with 17:20 to play in the opening half to cut the deficit to 8-3. After the Tigers extended the advantage out to 12-3 on a jumper by Lee, Tech whittled the deficit down to four on a three-pointer by Jasmine Bendolph with 9:51 to play, making the score 21-17.
After Tavasha Anderson's short jumper off the glass made the score 23-19, Memphis used a 10-0 run over the next two minutes to build a 33-19 advantage. Lee and Carter each scored four points during the run.
Kiara Young's jumper stopped the run and a jumper by Bramble-Donaldson with 4:21 to play in the half made the score 36-27. Bramble-Donaldson scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the opening half.
With Tech trailing 39-29 late in the stanza, Memphis scored the final five points to take a 44-29 advantage into the locker room.
Tech scored the first five points coming out of the locker room on a three-pointer by Jones and a pair of free throws by Bramble-Donaldson to cut the deficit to 44-34. Tech trailed by 10 points on three separate occasions early in the final 20 minutes of play, but Memphis never faltered as the Tigers eventually pushed the lead out to as many as 27.
In addition to Bramble-Donaldson's double double, Jones added 12 points and Jasmine Bendolph scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds and recorded four assists and three steals.
Despite the loss, Tech's bench outscored the Memphis reserves 22-7. The Tech bench has now outscored the opposing bench 133-32 in the last four games.
Tech will face Prairie View A&M Sunday at 11 a.m. in the consolation game of the event as the Panthers fell 66-50 to St. John's.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM and KTKC 92.9 FM with the pregame starting at 10:30 a.m.