Tigers Pick Up First-Ever Win Over Marshall, 57-50
Jan. 28, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - - The University of Memphis women's basketball team (12-7, 5-1 C-USA) held Marshall without a field goal for almost the final seven minutes of the game and got nine points in the final 5:18 of the game from Brittany Carter in a 57-50 win at Marshall, Thursday night.
"I'm just really proud of our team. Marshall is one of the best-coached teams in the league and they made every adjustment possible and we asked our team to make adjustments and they made every one of them that we wanted," Head Coach Melissa McFerrin said. "We are proud of our man-to-man defense, but I think it was really our zone tonight that got this win for us."
The pace of the game was up and down right from the tip, with both teams getting out in transition, but neither able to convert until each had knocked down a second free throw attempt to tie the game at 1-1 with 18:13 to play. Memphis caught its first break when Marshall senior Chantelle Handy picked up her second foul with 17:50 to play, sending the senior slasher to the bench. But Marshall then looked to fellow senior Kendra King, and she responded with five straight points to get the Thundering Herd started. But with just King able to convert at the bucket, Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick took a risk and inserted Handy back in the game, but the senior quickly picked up a third personal foul with 13:00 to play.
But even with Handy on the sidelines, Memphis was not able to overcome the turnover bug, committing 10 turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the game. Marshall resorted to trapping the ballhandler without Handy in there, but Memphis junior Alex Winchell burned the Herd out of the trap, knocking down a triple, then an assist on a fast break bucket to freshman guard Chatia Kelsey to push Memphis in front 12-10.
Marshall had an answer, getting buckets from three different players to go back in front 17-14, and by the time the Tigers finally got the pace cranked back up again, they were missing buckets in transition, shooting 39.1 percent while attempting most points in the paint. The Herd wasn't missing their buckets in the paint, and stretched the lead to 26-21, their biggest of the half, before Memphis got a bucket underneath from Nicole Dickson, who led Memphis with eight first half points, off a pretty pass from Kelsey. Winchell then got loose for an NBA range three with the shot clock expiring off an out-of-bounds play with four seconds left on the shot clock to tie the game up at 26-26, where both teams would finish the half.
The Herd went up early to start the second as Marshall went back inside to King, who pushed Marshall in front.
But Alex Winchell responded to back-to-back triples to give the Tigers a five point cushion at 35-30, forcing a Chadwick timeout. Chadwick's club responded and caught a break when Brittany Carter picked up her fourth foul with 9:00 minutes to play. With Memphis' leading scorer out of the game, Marshall found its leading scorer, as Handy ripped off seven straight points to push her team out front, 46-41.
McFerrin put Carter back in the game, and the sophomore responded by knocking down a three off a pass from Winchell. Marshall responded with a turnover, but then trapped the Tigers at half court, forcing a turnover that resulted in a bucket.
But Ramses Lonlack tied up a Marshall defensive rebounder , and in order to keep the ball, the Marshall player called timeout, costing Chadwick his final timeout of the game with 4:05 to play in the game.
Unable to stop the Tigers, Marshall had to react to Memphis' tempo, and could not find a solution for Carter. Carter scored 10 of Memphis' final 13 points to seal the 59-50 victory.
Carter finished with 16 points, three rebounds and three steals, while Winchell connected on four triples for 12 points. Nicole Dickson, who had eight first half points, finished with 10 points and eight rebounds and two steals, while Savannah Ellis just missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. Kendra King was the lone Marshall player to get to double-digits, finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Memphis will wrap up its two-game road swing with a Saturday game at East Carolina. The front end of a double-header game for East Carolina's women's and men's team, the game will tip at 4:30 p.m. (ET) and can be heard in Memphis on WUMR, 91.7 FM.