Herd Falls to UAB in C-USA Second Round, 79-63|
March 12, 2014
EL PASO, Texas – Karisma Chapman recorded 27 points and eighth-seeded UAB held off upset-minded and No. 16 seed Marshall, 79-63, in the second round of the 2014 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship at Memorial Gym Wednesday afternoon. The Blazers (16-14) advance to face top-seed and No. 22/20 Middle Tennessee in the C-USA quarterfinals at 11 a.m. MDT Thursday.
The Thundering Herd (11-20) did well to keep things interesting, trailing by just eight (57-48) with 12:07 remaining in regulation. But unlike the opening day, in which all the lower seeds pulled out victories, UAB was able to squash the comeback bid.
The Blazers accounted for the game's next 12 points to make it 69-49 with 8:48 left, and Marshall never got closer than 17 the rest of the way.
UAB came out of the gates firing and never cooled off, finishing at 54.4 percent (31-of-57) from the floor. It drilled 9-of-16 from three-point range, including five by Miranda Burroughs. UAB was the epitome of offensive efficiency, registering 22 assists on 31 field-goals made.
Burroughs buoyed Chapman with 15 points while Ashley Grimes recorded 11 points. Brittany Winborne nearly posted a double-double (nine points, 10 rebounds) while Chapman pitched in seven helpers to go along with the scoring outburst.
The Blazers also dominated the boards, 43-26, which was in part a by-product of an off shooting day for the Thundering Herd.
Marshall did have some good moments offensively, in particular with the play of three individuals. Suporia Dickens (16 points), Chelsey Romero (14 points) and McKenzie Akers (10 points) combined for 40 points on a combined 14-of-28 from the floor. The rest of the squad, though, couldn't find a rhythm and hit 9-of-38 while pitching in 23 points.
The Thundering Herd compensated for those shortcomings by forcing 16 UAB turnovers, which led to 22 points. Marshall's bench also outscored the Blazer back-ups, 31-9, but ultimately fell short.
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