Women's Basketball Stumps UTEP, 59-47|
Feb. 14, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women's basketball upset the second-ranked team in Conference USA, UTEP, on Thursday evening, defeating the Miners 59-47 in the Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall improved to 8-15 (2-8 C-USA) with the win and recorded its second-straight conference victory on home court. UTEP dropped to 18-5 (6-4 C-USA) with the loss.
The Thundering Herd had four players score in double-digits. Leading the mix was Suporia Dickens, who had 15 points after going 4-of-5 from behind the three-point arc. The point total ties a career-high and the four three-pointers marks a new career-high for three-pointers made this season.
"This is more of the type of program that we run," commented head coach Matt Daniel. "It's where everyone can get rich and that's what the stat sheet looks like tonight. It makes it hard to guard. Who are you going to match up with whenever Porty (Suporia Dickens) is shooting the three and we can drive by from various positions. Hopefully this is a truer testament to what we will see of our teams in the future."
Shay Weaver followed with 13 points after adding three three-pointers. Weaver now has 56 three-pointers for the season, which ranks second all-time in Marshall's history for three-pointers in a season. She is now chasing Kizzy Hart's total of 68 set in the 2007-08 season.
As a team, Marshall totaled 10 three-pointers, which is the third time this season the Herd has finished with 10 or more buckets from behind the arc. Before this season, Marshall had not made 10 three-pointers in a game since the 2007-08 season.
Erica Woods earned 12 points and was a force on each end of the court. She recorded seven rebounds and added three steals and two blocks on defense.
Leandra King rounded out the double-digit performances with 10 points. She tied Wood's seven rebounds to lead the team on the boards and also finished with two blocks and a steal.
Marshall's offense stumped the nationally ranked UTEP defense the entire game. Ranked No. 11 in the NCAA for field goal percentage defense, UTEP has been limiting teams to a 33.5 shooting percentage. The Herd went 21-of-50 from the field for a 42.0 percent mark. Marshall also was accurate in three-pointers, going 10-for-25 from behind the arc.
On the opposite end of the court, Marshall held the Miners to its lowest point total of the season and forced UTEP to shoot 28.8 percent for the field after going 17-of-59 shooting. As the seventh-highest scorer in C-USA, Marshall was able to limit UTEP's Kayla Thornton to just two points. She had been averaging 15.0 points per game before facing the Herd. The Herd defense finished the game with six steals, five blocks, and forced 16 UTEP turnovers.
The Herd out-rebounded the Miners 41-37, but more importantly was able to limit UTEP to just two second-chance points.
UTEP was led by Anete Steinberga, who had 21 points, four steals and three steals. Chrishauna Parker totaled 15 rebounds, helping her increase her conference status as the second-ranked rebounder in the league.
Besides the first bucket scored by UTEP, Marshall controlled the lead for the entire game. The Herd took its largest lead of the contest with 6:30 left in the game when they controlled a 51-34 advantage.
"We finally won two halves," Daniel said. It's been a dogfight for us every game and we usually win a half a game. Not only did we hold on to a lead, we extended a lead. I'm really proud of the girls, only turning the ball over 20 times, which is pretty good for us. I'm really proud of the effort and really proud of the focus."
Marshall will travel to Birmingham, Ala. for its next game against UAB. Tip off will start at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.