Feb. 9, 2007
Marshall at Tulsa Game Book
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TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa held Marshall to only 25 percent shooting in the second half en route to a 74-58 victory over the Thundering Herd in Conference USA women's basketball action at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Friday.
Marshall (14-10, 7-4) dropped its second straight game after a tumultuous second half in its inaugural trip to Tulsa. The Herd trailed by five points, 35-30, at halftime, but was outscored 20-8 in the opening 10 minutes of the second frame and never seriously threatened the Golden Hurricane lead the rest of the way.
Tulsa (9-14, 4-7) held MU to 8-of-32 shooting in the second half after it netted 43.5 percent of its attempts in the first. TU sank 46.2 percent of its second-half shots, 43.6 percent for the game.
C-USA Preseason Player of the Year Jillian Robbins netted a game-high 21 points with seven rebounds. The senior went 6-for-12 from the floor and 9-of-14 from the free-throw line. Tandem Mays and Valerie Siemens scored 12 points apiece.
Tulsa made it to the charity stripe a Marshall opponent-high 41 times, but converted only 25 attempts (61.0 percent). The Herd couldn't take advantage of TU's miscues, shooting only 18-of-31 from the line itself (58.1 percent) while committing 25 turnovers.
Marshall point guard Meg Withrow (Nitro, W.Va.) scored a team-high 19 points while Kendra King (Fairfax, Va.), Modupe Ishola (Washington, D.C.) and Alyssa Hammond (Oak Hill, Ohio) each netted 10 points.
Marshall out-rebounded Tulsa, 46-39.
Tulsa opened the contest on a 10-0 run four minutes into the game, aided by six Marshall turnovers in that span. Siemens scored four points in the Golden Hurricane's quick start and finished with eight points in the half.
The Herd offense finally got started with a 19-foot King jumper at the 15:05 mark. MU later found itself down 18-9 before Withrow took control of the game. The sophomore exploded for 10 points in less than two minutes, including a pair of 3-pointers, to ignite a 12-0 Herd run that gave MU its first lead of the game.
Withrow netted 18 points in the first half, a career-high for points in the opening frame, on 6-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range. Robbins scored a team-high 12 points, helped by a 6-for-8 mark from the free-throw line.
The Golden Hurricane ended the half on an 8-0 run to enter halftime up 35-30.
Curry played only five first-half minutes due to three personal fouls. She finished the game with 10 minutes before fouling out in the second half.
Ishola finished with a team-high nine rebounds.
Marshall will travel to Dallas, Texas, to face SMU on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET from Moody Coliseum.