Jan. 20, 2007
Marshall-UAB Game Book
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Modupe Ishola's pair of free throws tied the game at the end of regulation and a Meg Withrow 3-pointer in overtime sparked Marshall to a thrilling 75-69 win over first-place UAB in Conference USA women's basketball action on Saturday at Bartow Arena.
The Thundering Herd (12-7, 5-2 C-USA) played one more league game than Southern Miss, who sits atop the C-USA standings with a 5-1 mark. Marshall dealt the Golden Eagles their lone loss of conference play on Jan. 7.
Ishola dominated the glass with 16 rebounds, none bigger than her offensive board that led to a foul in the waning moments of regulation. She went to the free-throw line with Marshall down two points and 7.8 seconds left. The senior's first free throw hit every part of the rim and finally dropped, while her game-tying attempt was less of an adventure, hitting just net.
UAB's Shimena Moore missed a jumper in the lane at the buzzer to send the game into the extra session.
In overtime, forward Meagan Samis (Oklahoma City, Okla.) opened the scoring with a jumper. Carmen Guzman, who tallied a game-high 29 points, tied the game two minutes later. Withrow's trey from the top of the key gave the Thundering Herd a lead it would not relinquish.
Guzman cut the lead to one point, 70-69, but the Blazers (10-9, 5-2) would not score again. Ishola hit MU's final field goal of the game with 31 seconds left and Samis and Melody Hudson (Hueytown, Ala.) combined for three more points from the free-throw line.
The game featured nine lead changes and 17 ties throughout as Marshall reeled in its third straight win over UAB. The Herd is 3-0 against the Blazers since the two became C-USA foes last season.
Ishola posted her 10th double-double of the season and 20th of her career. Her 15 points left her just one point shy of 1,000 career points.
Samis scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting along with six rebounds and a steal. Her 3-for-3 clip from outside the arc guided the Herd to a season-high nine 3-pointers (9-for-19). Withrow and forward KaShawna Curry (Huntington, W.Va.) scored 10 points apiece and each netted a pair of treys.
Guzman, a first team All C-USA performer, registered a double-double, adding a team-high 12 rebounds to her 29 points. Junior forward Diamond Rogers scored 20 points thanks to a 6-for-8 mark from distance.
The Herd's high tempo offense committed only five turnovers in the second half and overtime - 15 for the game. Marshall averaged 19.6 turnovers entering Saturday, but was surprisingly under control playing in such a frenetic game as tonight.
UAB, down 35-33 at halftime, went on an 11-0 run in only two minutes time near the start of the second period. Rogers and Guzman combined for three 3-pointers during the run to give UAB a 48-40 lead.
Marshall's scoring drought ended when Ishola hit a pair of free throws at 13:14. The center's trip to the line ignited a 9-0 Herd run that gave Marshall a one-point lead, 49-48.
After Guzman opened the first half with a jumper, Ishola started Marshall's scoring with a three-point play due to a Christon Ingram foul. The play sparked the Herd to an 11-0 run, highlighted by a pair of Curry treys, to give MU its biggest first-half lead 11-2.
Samis, coming off the bench, got the hot hand midway through the first half. She scored 13 straight MU points in a back-and-fourth first frame.
UAB owned a six-point lead at 6:22, but Marshall's half-ending 12-4 run gave the Herd a 35-33 advantage at intermission.
Hudson played in her native Alabama in front a large contingent of family, friends and former junior college teammates. Hudson, in her first year at Marshall, previously played at Shelton State (Ala.) C.C.
Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick is now only two wins shy of 300 Division I victories.
The win moved MU to a 2-0 mark in overtime this season.
Marshall will step out of conference play for the final time in its next contest, the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic, on Wednesday versus intrastate rival West Virginia. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.