UAB Defense Troubles Herd in 61-45 Loss


Senior Erica Woods

Senior Erica Woods

Jan. 27, 2013

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women's basketball struggled putting points up against the No. 33 ranked defense in the nation and took a 61-45 loss against UAB on Sunday afternoon in the Cam Henderson Center.

The Thundering Herd fell to a 6-12 (0-5 C-USA) record for the season and has lost the past seven games. The Blazers improved to 13-5 (4-1 C-USA) with the victory.

Marshall was led by senior Erica Woods, who totaled 11 points, eight rebounds and three steals after playing all 40 minutes. She went 5-for-10 from the field and also added two assists.

Suporia Dickens followed with seven points and led the Herd on the boards with nine rebounds, five of which came off the offensive glass. Her effort helped Marshall out-rebound the Blazers, 33-24.

UAB had only four players score throughout the game, but each of the players scored double-digit totals. Amber Jones led with 21 points after going 8-for-17 from the field and adding two three-pointers. Karisma Chapman followed with 18 points and accounted for four of UAB's seven made free throws.

Limiting unforced errors and creating turnovers proved to be the catalyst for the Blazers' win. After only turning the ball over seven times, UAB recorded 13 steals and forced Marshall to turn the ball over 22 times, turning the Herd mistakes into 25 points off of turnovers.

"It's amazing how close we are to winning the league," said head coach Matt Daniel. "I know that is a weird statement, but we are about a foot on 10 plays from having UAB on the ropes. We competed for the most part, but we have to execute plays. You can't turn the ball over 22 times."

UAB's stout defense allowed the Blazers to jump to an early 15-5 lead after having a 13-point run in the first five minutes of play. Jones had 11 points in the first 10 minutes alone.

The Herd fought back for the remainder of the half and Shay Weaver put the game within three points (21-18) after nailing a three-pointer from the corner with just under seven minutes left in the period.

UAB controlled the lead at halftime, 29-25. Marshall was spreading the ball around efficiently as seven players had points in the first 20 minutes. Jones totaled 15 points in the first half, while Chapman had 10. The difference at the half was turnovers - Marshall had 12, while UAB only had three.

 The first ten minutes of the second half showcased UAB extending its lead to 45-35 after the Blazers' Ashley Grimes had nine points during the span.

UAB's defense limited Marshall's strong three-point game, only allowing the Herd one made shot from behind the arch in the second half. Overall, Marshall was limited to three three-pointers for the game after averaging 5.5 made three-pointers per game for the season (1st in C-USA).

As a result the Herd was kept to a double-digit deficit for the remainder of the game and recorded the 61-45 loss.

Marshall travels to Greenville, N.C. for its next game against the East Carolina Pirates. Tip off begins at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 31.