Tigers Bounce Back With 69-44 Win at Marshall
Jan. 27, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Memphis (15-6, 4-3 C-USA) held Marshall to just 21 second half points in a 69-44 win at Marshall (5-14, 1-5 C-USA) Thursday night. Jasmine Lee led Memphis with 19 points, while Brittany Carter added 12 points with a game-high eight assists in the victory.
The two teams were tied at the half at 23 apiece. The game seemed to start on a strong offensive note for the Tigers, with four different players scoring in an 8-0 run, while Marshall struggled to convert from the field, shooting 0-for-5.
But then senior Tynikki Crook tried to get her Herd teammates fired up, driving and drawing a foul, converting both free throws and following that with a triple from the top of the key to pull Marshall to just 8-7 down. But Jasmine Lee answered with four straight field goals to snap the Herd momentum, but the game had become jagged, as Marshall, trying to snap a four game losing streak, started to play desparate, with multiple players launching threes, catching Tiger defenders too deep off their players.
Memphis then found some energy off the bench in senior post Starkitsha Luellen-Higgins. Luellen-Higgins stepped into the lanes and knocked two balls away that were intended for Crook and crashed the glass, getting five first half boards while trying to get Memphis to step on the offensive gas. Luellen-Higgins worked and got to the free-throw line, but converted 3-of-6 attempts. The Tigers then got whistled for fouls, putting Marshall in the double-bonus, where the Herd hit 8-of-9 attempts, including four straight to tie the half. Memphis at two possessions in the final 40 seconds of the first half, but committed turnovers on back to back trips to remain tied at the break.
Following the break, Memphis found Jasmine Lee for five straight points following a pair of Tynikki Crook free-throws that started a 9-2 Tiger run that pushed Memphis ahead 32-25 with 17:25 to go. That was all Memphis would need, as the Tiger defense would force 32 Herd turnovers and would use a 45-28 rebounding advantage in the victory.