Tigers host King University at exhibit
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – In its first official outing of the season, the Tiger women’s basketball team will host King University at Elma Roane Fieldhouse in an exhibition outing Thursday night.
This will be the first time fans have been allowed to return to the Fieldhouse since the pandemic closed the doors to spectators last season.
“I’m glad everyone can come back to the Fieldhouse for games, but I’m more excited for our players – running and having the city cheering them on is one of the best feelings as a student-athlete,” he said. declared the head coach Katrina Merriweather. “It creates an atmosphere and that’s what we’re looking for in this game and the rest of the season; we want Elma Roane Fieldhouse to become one of the toughest places to play.”
Memphis hosts three of their top four scorers from last season in Alana davis, Madison Griggs and Coriah Beck. Davis, now 26e player in Tiger uniform to score 1,000 points, will be joined in post by graduate transfer Tyler frierson, who comes to Memphis after playing four years at Wright State with Merriweather.
With Frierson, Emani jefferson transferred to Memphis this summer after spending her freshman year in a Raider uniform. Her and Maya stovall, who transferred in the middle of last season from DePaul, will play his first games in a Memphis uniform this season.
“We have six to seven players who are clear in their experience and their game that we can rely on and rely on. But then we have this great group of newcomers and young players who have something to prove. So seeing them compete in practice is one thing, but I’m really excited to see them in a game setting, ”said Merriweather.
King University, a DII school in Bristol, Tenn., Went 10-7 last year while advancing to the Conference Carolina Championship semifinals. The Tornado sacked 14 players from last season, including their top scorers, Trinity Lee and Kiki Samsel.
“I think it’s important to teach from the start to never underestimate an opponent; respect everyone and not fear anyone. This will be something I will repeat with the team during training,” said said Merriweather. “It’s a great opportunity for us, but it’s also a great opportunity for King. They’re playing fast and they’re playing hard, so we’ll have to be ready from the point.”
Thursday kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Entry to the game is free.