Memphis Outlasts Marshall on Senior Night 63-53
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-Memphis (17-13, C-USA 8-8) defeated Marshall (9-20, C-USA 3-13) 63-53, Thursday, on senior night at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
In the first half, The Tigers jumped out to an early 14-2 lead. Bilqis Abdul-Qaadi rkicked-off the offensive flurry, draining a trey to put Memphis up 3-0. Abdul-Qaadir then nailed two from the charity stripe.
Marshall responded with a tip-in off of a rebound by Chukwuka Ezeigbo to get on the scoreboard three minutes into the game. The Tigers then went on a 9-0 run sparked by a jumper and layup from Asianna Fuqua-Bey to increase the Memphis lead 9-2.
Senior Nicole Dickson tacked on two more with a jumper, scoring her only field goal of the half. This was only the second time this season that the Tigers leading scorer was held to single-digits scoring. Abdul-Qaadir bookended the hot start by Memphis with another trey to put the Tigers up 14-2.
Leading 19-11 later in the half, Memphis reeled off another 9-0 run starting with Ariel Hearn driving the lane to pick up a basket and one. Krishunda Harvey and Jaymie Jackson followed with lay-ups to tack on four more points. Hearn then sank a lay-up of her own putting the Tigers up 28-11.
Memphis led at the half 40-22, with the Tigers leading by as much as 21 points in the first 20 minutes. Abdul-Qaadir and Fuqua-Bey notched double-figures scoring in the first half, with Fuqua-Bey tallying 12 points and Abdul-Qaadir reeling in 10 points.
After trailing the entire game, Marshall pulled to within four points of the Memphis lead spurred on by an 8-0 run with 6:29 left to play in the second half. Shay Weaver nailed a jumper, followed by a lay-up from Norrisha Victrum to pull the Herd within eight points 49-57.
Ezeigbo then sank a jump, with Suporia Dickens adding two more from the foul line to put the Marshall within striking distance 57-53 with 2:28 left on the clock. However, Memphis held on for the win with Hearn sinking a jumper and Abdul-Qaadir sinking four free throws to corral the Herd 63-53.
Three Tigers recorded double-digits in the win. Hearn led Memphis with 17 points as Abdul-Qaadir and Fuqua-Bey notched 16 and 14 points, respectively. Ezeigbo led the way for Marshall tallying 12 points.
The Tigers will now prepare for the Conference USA Tournament with play set to start March 13 at Tulsa. Final seeding for the tournament will be decided following Tulane's match up at UTEP on Friday at 8 p.m. (CT) in El Paso, Texas.