Marshall Uses Inside Game to Down Lady Tigers
Feb. 12, 2006
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A 9:08 scoreless stretch in the opening 20 minutes and a rebounding deficit 27-18 in the second half dropped the Lady Tiger basketball team, 74-54, at Marshall, Sunday. For the second time in as many road games, the Lady Tigers gave up over 30 points in the paint, as Marshall outscored Memphis the Lady Tigers 38-10 in the paint.
"You have to give Marshall credit," Head Coach Blair Savage said. "We were even in rebounds at the half after getting that big three from Butler at the end of the first half that gave us some momentum, but whatever they told them, they all dominated the boards from that point on."
For the second straight game, Memphis hit a majority of their first half buckets from three-point range, knocking down six of eight shots from beyond the arc. Memphis opened the game with a pair of threes, from Devin Necaise and Gresh Gorman to take an early lead 6-4. But Marshall answered back with their inside game, and when Modupe Ishola knocked down a bucket and one, she started a 19-0 Marshall run that ran the lead to 25-6. In that 9:08 scoreless stretch, Memphis committed nine of their 14 first half turnovers.
Necaise snapped the scoreless skid with a three at the 8:32 mark with a three that started a 10-2 Memphis run which pulled the Lady Tigers back to 27-16 at the 5:43 mark. Necaise would hit one more three, and a three from Tamika Butler at the buzzer sent the Lady Tigers into the locker room trailing 31-22, despite shooting just 29.6 percent while Marshall shot 46.4 percent.
Memphis opened the second half by forcing Marshall into two straight turnovers. Necaise hit a floater in the lane to cut the deficit to 31-24, before Michelle Hagan scored nine of Marshall's next 20 points in the paint to put the Thundering Herd up 50-33.
Necaise finished with 16 points, while Butler, Ashley Howard and Paris Leonard all added 10 points. Five Marshall players hit double-digits, led by 15 from Reshundra Smiley and Sikeetha Shepherd-Hall.
Memphis will continue its four-game C-USA road swing with games at Southern Miss and UCF, Friday and Sunday, respectively.