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Marshall Topped by UAB, 61-43

Chukwuka Ezeigbo

Feb. 17, 2013

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s basketball took a 61-43 defeat to the UAB Blazers in Bartow Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The Thundering Herd fell to 8-16 (2-9 C-USA) with the loss, while UAB improved to 15-9 (6-5 C-USA) with the victory. UAB swept Marshall for the season after the Blazers topped the Herd, 61-45, on Jan. 27. Marshall is now 0-6 in C-USA road games.

“Our effort and approach was completely different than it was the other night,” said head coach Matt Daniels about going from defeating UTEP on Thursday night to losing to UAB on Sunday. “Our team has to continue to learn and be able to handle some success.”

Erica Woods led Marshall with 11 points and added two steals and two rebounds. Three Herd players followed Woods performance with nine points each including Chukwuka Ezeigbo, Suporia Dickens and Shay Weaver.

Ezeigbo and Leandra King tied for a team-high eight rebounds and each contributed on the offensive glass. King had five boards on the offensive end, while Ezeigbo had four.  

Marshall out-rebounded the Blazers 34-32 and had three extra offensive boards than the Blazers, totaling 12.

Turnovers plagues Marshall as the Herd finished with 20 and allowed UAB 18 points off of turnovers. Contrarily, the Blazers limited their turnovers to just 10 and ended the game with 16 assists.

The Herd finished the game 16-of-47 from the field for a 34.0 shooting percentage. Marshall also took a lot of shots from behind the three-point arc, but recorded a 30.0 percent average after going 6-of-20. UAB went 25-of-55 from the field and was efficient at the free throw line, going 7-of-8.

“We didn’t focus on anything and we didn’t execute on either end,” continued Daniel. “We got beat by 18 after only giving up 61 points. They shot a great percentage. You can’t do that … you can’t come out with that little focus. It’s tough to win on the road normally and if you won’t play focused it’s tough to stay in games.”

UAB was led by this past week’s Conference USA Player of the Week, Ashley Grimes, who had 19 points after going 8-for-12 from the field. Karisma Chapman followed with 12 points and had a game-high nine rebounds.

Grimes hit back-to-back shots to help UAB climb to a 9-2 lead after the opening four minutes of play. UAB controlled the momentum for the ensuing 10 minutes and extended its lead to 21-10 after shooting 8-of-17 from the field.

Marshall went into the locker rooms at halftime down 30-16. The Herd was out-rebounded in the first 20 minutes, 22-14, and allowed UAB eight offensive boards. Eziegbo totaled five points and four rebounds, while Weaver had six points after going 2-of-3 from behind the three-point arc.

UAB led by double-digits for the remainder of the game, using accurate shooting from the field. The Blazers shot 13-of-25 for a 52.0 shooting percentage in the second half. Grimes totaled 14 points during the 20 minute span.

Marshall will return to the Cam Henderson Center for its next game against East Carolina on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. ET. Marshall lost earlier this season to the Pirates, 54-57, on Jan. 31.