Jan. 30, 2014
EL PASO, Texas – A potent UTEP offense proved to be too much for Marshall women’s basketball as it dropped its sixth-consecutive game with a 77-50 loss at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
The Thundering Herd dropped to 7-12, 0-6 in Conference USA as the Miners improved to 16-4, 5-2.
Coach Matt Daniel started his fourth different lineup of the Herd’s last five games, and the ninth different group this season. Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) returned at point guard alongside fellow guards AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) and Aja Sorrells (Athens, Ga.), while Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) and Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) rounded out the post positions. No Herd lineup has started more than six times this season.
UTEP began the game with five unanswered points in the first two minutes, but a quick Johnson three and Ezeigbo put-back tied it up. Two free throws from both teams created another tie at seven. At that point, the Miners kicked off a 12-to-3 run, spanning from 16:49 to 11:45, to go up, 19-10.
By the 12:04 mark in the first half, 11 of Marshall’s 12 active players had checked into the game. UTEP found its largest lead of the first half of 15 at 32-17 with 6:47 remaining. The Miners’ double-digit margin stood until 2:48 when Marshall shortened the gap to 37-29 after a 12-to-5 run. UTEP put up four unanswered points to send the teams into halftime at 41-29.
Sorrells opened up second-half scoring by contributing Marshall’s first three points on a layup and free throw. However, UTEP’s high-octane offense kicked into another gear as it rattled off eight unanswered points from 14:51 to 12:36, to go up by 21 points at 55-34. For the remainder of the game, the Miners shot 9-of-17 for 53 percent. The Herd went cold, making only five field goals in the last twelve minutes, going 5-of-18 for 28 percent.
With 4:15 remaining, the Herd found itself in its largest deficit of the season, down 35, at 77-42. An eight-point spark by Dickens propelled her into double-digit scoring at 16, and eventually ended the game at 77-50 in UTEP’s favor.
Until Dickens’ game-ending spurt, no Herd player had reached double digits in the score column. She finished with 16 points, 11 coming in the second half. Eight of Marshall’s 12-player active roster found the scoreboard with all 12 earning playing time. Senior Orlandria Williams (Memphis, Tenn.) came off the bench to contribute a season-high seven points, and Sorrells matched her season-high of eight. Ezeigbo pulled down 10 rebounds, her fourth double-digit mark of the season.
Turnovers were the nail in the Marshall’s coffin as it committed 22 – the most all season – which UTEP used to produce 24 points.
Next, Marshall will travel 1,981 miles from El Paso to Norfolk, Va., to take on Old Dominion, Saturday. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.