Tigers Corral the Thundering Herd in 71-58 Victory
Jan. 26, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A stifling second-half defensive effort by Memphis (15-4, 5-1 C-USA) helped the Tigers pull away from Marshall (12-7, 3-3 C-USA) for a 71-58 victory. Jasmine Lee posted her ninth double-double of the season with 21 points and 15 rebounds, both game highs.
The Tigers limited the Thundering Herd to 21 second-half points on 7-for-23 (30.5 percent) shooting, while dropping in 39 points of their own. Marshall committed 17 turnovers in the frame, which Memphis converted into 20 points.
Memphis only connected on 38.5 percent (25-of-65) of its field-goal attempts for the game, while Marshall shot 41.4 percent (23-of-56).
Despite the off-shooting night, the U of M forced Marshall in to a total of 27 miscues, leading to 25 points off turnovers for Memphis. The Tigers also held a decisive advantage in made free throws, 19-6, due to the Thundering Herd fouling in an attempt to extend the game.
Memphis went on a 19-7 run over the first 8:52 of the second half to grab the lead, 51-44, after trailing 37-32 at the half. The Herd made several charges to get back into the game, but each attempt was thwarted by the Tigers.
There were several moments in the game when the players let their emotions get the best of them. Midway through the first half, Memphis' Lauren McGraw and Marshall's Jasmine Shaw were whistled for technical fouls after an altercation on the Tigers' end of the floor.
In the second frame, Lonlack tried to haul in an offensive rebound and was pushed in the back by Alaya Mitchell. Lonlack took offense to the foul and bumped Mitchell, an act which earned her a technical foul and cost the Tigers a possession.
For the first time since conference play began, the Tigers trailed at the half, despite Dickson sinking a turnaround jumper from the free throw line at the buzzer to pull Memphis within five points, 32-37, of Marshall. Lee led the first-half charge for the Tigers, scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Lateidra Elliott scored 13 points and handed out four assists for Marshall. Shay Weaver contributed 11 points and seven boards.
Memphis heads to Greenville, N.C., for a Sunday afternoon showdown with East Carolina. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (CT).