Lady Tigers Rally But Fall to Marshall
Jan. 18, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Junior forward Aroha Jennings led Memphis with 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting and freshman guard Jazmyn Green came off the bench to add 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting (3-for-4 from three-point-range) to rally the Lady Tigers late in the game. However, Marshall was able to hang on down the stretch for a 69-50 win on Thursday night at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. With the loss, Memphis drops to 3-17 (0-6 in Conference USA).
"We had to force some things offensively and couldn't get an easy bucket," head coach Blair Savage-Lansden said. "I told my players that we had some growing pains to go through and things might get tough. But at the same time, Hope Adams said it best in the lockerroom when she said we got away from our intensity in the second half. I agree with her on that. We started the half well. We had some energy, we got some deflections, but as the game went on they were able to pull away."
The Lady Tigers made the most of their opportunities early on, shooting 80% from the free throw line in the first half to go into the break trailing Marshall 27-24.
Memphis went on to improve their shooting in the second half, hitting 33.3% from the floor (up from 29.0% in the first 20 minutes). Meanwhile, the Lady Tiger defense forced 23 turnovers and sophomore forward Ashley Thornton grabbed nine rebounds to help keep the game within reach.
However, Marshall was able to pull away late thanks to a team 43.8 % shooting night, including 38.5% from beyond the arc.
The Lady Tigers will return to action this Saturday when they host East Carolina on Saturday at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m. All children who show an `A' on their report card will receive free admission.