Jan. 27, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- Marshall’s Tynikki Crook scored 19 points but it wasn’t enough as Memphis rolled past the Thundering Herd with a 69-44 victory behind Jasmine Lee’s 19 point effort in Thursday night’s Conference USA women’s basketball matchup at the Cam Henderson Center.
The Tigers picked up the season sweep and its fourth straight victory against the Herd to climb to 15-6 overall and 4-3 in C-USA. MU is in the midst of a five game slump, falling to 5-14 and 1-5 C-USA.
The Thundering Herd gave Memphis an eight point cushion before a pair of free throws from Alaya Mitchell put MU on the board with 16:04 on the clock.
Marshall would storm back with a 12-4 run that was capped off with Crook connecting for the third three-pointer of her career to tie the contest at 12 apiece with 10:59 remaining in the half.
Crook and Lee presented a battle of the posts leading all first half scorers with seven and eight points, respectively but Orlandria Williams drained two free throws with two seconds on the clock to even the score at 23 at the break.
MU shot three-of-eight from beyond the arc in the opening stanza, while holding the Tigers to zero-of-six from three point land. Veronica Ruiz returned to action after sitting out on Sunday against UCF and snagged 10 rebounds in the opening stanza.
Marshall allowed the Tigers to soar to a 14-3 run but Mitchell brought MU back to within striking distance hitting three-pointers on back-to-back possessions for six of her 11 points on the night to bring Marshall within seven at 41-34.
“Tynikki Crook and Alaya Mitchell did a great job at providing leadership by example. We were a little thin in numbers and we handled forty minutes of pressure,” head coach Royce Chadwick said.
But fatigue looked to set in for the youthful Herd, who dressed just eight players on the night, as Memphis outrebounded MU 21-10 and converted 16 turnovers into 24 second half points.
The Tigers owned a 45-28 advantage on the glass and forced the Thundering Herd into 32 turnovers.
“We had some youngsters that struggle with turnover problems but we kept fighting and stayed after it,” said Chadwick.
Brittany Carter finished the night with 12 points to go along with a career-high eight assists for Memphis.
The Thundering Herd concludes the month when it travels to Birmingham, Ala., to battle UAB. Marshall has won its last four against the Blazers and holds a 7-5 series lead.