MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Now is the time for the University of Memphis women’s basketball team to compete in the American Sport Conference Championships. As the No. 11 seed, the Tigers will face the No. 6 Mustangs SMU in a regular season rematch on Monday. The playing time against the Mustangs is set at 7 p.m. CT.
N ° 11 Memphis (13-16, 4-12 AAC) vs n ° 6. SMU (13-15, 7-9 AAC)
Location: Uncasville, Conn.
Tipoff: 7 p.m. CT
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In Monday’s game, the freshman Madison Griggs continued to rain at three points, dropping seven to lead the team with 21 points. It was her sixth time to log in on five or more triples, and her third time to make at least seven. Twice this season, she broke a school record of eight three-pointers.
With 88 three-point shots this season, Griggs has made more three-point shots than any other freshman in Memphis basketball history (male or female). She leads the league in three points and is ranked first nationally among freshmen.
Other important performances are Gazmyne Herndon and Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu. Herndon had 13 points and eight assists in the last regular season game of his career in Memphis, while Fankam Mendjiadeu added nine points and seven rebounds.
Fankam Mendjiadeu’s 13 double doubles currently rank 12th in Memphis. Over the year, it posted an average of 11.8 points and 8.4 rebounds.
Friday marks the third time in six years that Memphis has entered the conference tournament against the team it closed the regular season against. In 2014-15, Memphis lost the regular season final to SMU before defeating them in the first round of the tournament. In 2018-19, Memphis closed the season against Temple, falling on Seniors Day, before wiping out a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter of the first round of the AAC Championship and winning against the Owls.
A look at the Mustangs
SMU enters the league with victories in three of its last four games. Finishing the regular season with a 7-9 AAC record, the Mustangs won the No. 6 seed this weekend.
Against the Tigers on Monday, the Mustangs scored the most three points in a game this season, while posting the second highest scoring percentage of the year. It is also the third time this season that SMU has scored at least 69 points in a game.
Johnasia Cash leads the Mustangs with 10.9 points per game after scoring 16 on Monday. Cash is also the team’s first rebound with 9.5 goals per game. Kayla White also scores double for the Mustangs, averaging 10.6 points per game.
The Mustangs are coached by Travis Mays, currently in his fourth season at the helm of the Mustangs.
Tigers at the AAC Championship
Last season, the Tigers opened the conference tournament against Temple. Down 19 in the second half and 15 in the fourth quarter, Memphis scored 28 points in the last stanza to complete the comeback and steal a win.
The return to 19 points was the most significant in the history of the AAC championship. Herndon led the way with 15 points and seven rebounds. Alana Davis added eight points and a team record of 11 rebounds. The Tigers turned 20 offensive rebounds into 19 second chance points and touched seven pointers in the third half to capture the jaws of defeat.
The tipoff against the Mustangs is set at 7 p.m. CT at the Mohegan Sun Arena. For more information on the Memphis women’s basketball team, follow the Tigers on Twitter at @MemphisWBB.