With an Elite Eight berth in the WNIT on the line, the Memphis Tigers (22-10) traveled to Ohio to face the Bowling Green Falcons (29-6). There was a packed crowd of 1,879 in Stroh Center.
The first quarter started off back-and-forth as Bowling Green ended the period with a 15-14 lead. The Tigers did not shoot well, only shooting 15 percent from the field and 20 percent from the three-point line.
Despite the shooting struggles, Memphis played good team defense, forcing Bowling Green to shoot 0-5 from three.
Bowling Green continued to pour more on the Tigers in the second quarter as they scored 15 points on 43 percent from three. The defense was a major catalyst for the Falcons in extending their lead.
The Falcons held the Tigers to 9 points on 27 percent shooting from the field. Bowling Green went into the half with a 30-23 lead.
Bowling Green continued to dominate once the second half tipped off. In the third quarter, the Falcons scored 28 points in the quarter. They shot the lights out shooting 54 percent from the field and 60 percent from the three-point line.
Bowling Green kept the pressure on the defense as they held Memphis to only 8 points in the third quarter. The lead stayed at 58-31 for the Falcons going into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter saw the Tigers make a run, but it was too late. The final score saw Bowling Green defeat Memphis 73-60.
The player of the game was Bowling Green Senior forward Allison Day, who led the Falcons with 18 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
The unfortunate story from this game came at the very end.
As the game ended, both teams went for a post-game handshake, but it did not go how everyone thought it would. Memphis guard Jamirah Shutes punched Elissa Brett in the handshake line.
“Campus police were waiting for Shutes. Brett stayed on the ground for several minutes as her teammates huddled around, but when she got up, she was already beginning to show signs of swelling around her eye,” according to Sentinel-Tribune.
We will continue to give more updates on the situation once more is released.
It is sad how the Tigers ended their season, but it still does not discredit the historic season they had as a group under Katrina Merriweather. The final record of 22-11 marks the Tigers' highest win total since joining the AAC. The future continues to look bright for the Memphis Tigers Women’s Basketball program.