Women's Basketball Trips at Marshall, 65-54
Feb. 16, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - - The University of Memphis women's basketball team (19-6, 9-3 C-USA) led at the half, but gave up a 15-2 run to start the second half in a 65-54 loss at Marshall (14-11, 5-7 C-USA) Thursday night.
Memphis trailed early in the opening half, with a trio of players, Lauren McGraw, Danay Collier and Krishunda Harvey all making just their third starts of the season. The Tigers relied on their defense to force Marshall turnovers and the Tigers overcame six straight points from Jasmine Shaw off the Marshall bench to take the lead at 10-8 off a jumper from Brittany Carter, her lone two points of the half. The Tigers stretched the lead to double-digits with its defense and the free-throw line. Memphis led by double-digits, but the Tiger defenders started getting caught on side-screens and the Thundering Herd made them pay, drilling two triples in the final three and a half minutes to cut the Tiger lead to just 30-22 at the half. Memphis held Marshall to just eight first half field goals, but four of them were from three-point range to keep the Thundering Herd close despite a 22-15 Memphis rebounding advantage and a Thundering Herd shooting percentage of just 29.6 in the opening stanza.
The second half found a lid on the goal on the Tigers' end of the floor, as Memphis went over 10 minutes with just two field goals from Jasmine Lee. Marshall, meanwhile, kept denying Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir the ball, and when she did have it, they forced her in to five second half turnovers, including three straight turnovers in the 15-0 run to start the half.
The Thundering Herd would make 40 attempts from the field in the second half, hitting 18, while Memphis had just seven first half field goals, one less than Marshall made in the whole first half, while shooting 24.1 percent from the floor.
Jasmine Lee finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds off the bench, while Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir used two late buckets to finish with 14 points and five rebounds. Memphis falls to 7-3 in league play when leading at the half.
Marshall was led by Rashedah Henriques, with 11 points and seven rebounds. She was one of 10 players who scored for the Thundering Herd.
Memphis stays on the road and plays at UCF, Sunday, at 2 p.m. (ET).