Nov. 17, 2007
OXFORD, Ohio - IUPUI center Julia Whitted scored 14 second-half points to lead the Jaguars to a 60-49 win over the Marshall University women's basketball team in the consolation round of the WNIT Friday night at Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio.
Whitted scored a game-high 18 points, along with tallying 11 rebounds and five blocks, both game highs.
Marshall (0-2) held a halftime lead (23-21) for the second time in as many games, but IUPUI's (1-2) 61.9% shooting in the second half proved to be the difference.
The first half was a defensive struggle, with Marshall taking a 23-21 lead into the locker room. Tynikki Crook hit a lay-up with four seconds left to give Marshall the lead. Neither team shot well from the floor in the half, with the Herd holding a 34.5%-33.3% edge in that category. Marshall also out-rebounded the Jaguars in the half, 24-15. IUPUI managed to keep the game close with six blocks and committing three less turnovers.
Marshall held the lead partway through the second half, up 31-29 with just under 15 minutes left, but a 5-0 IUPUI run put them up 34-31 with 13 minutes left. From that point on, the Jaguars never looked back. The Herd got the game to within one point (46-45) with just over five minutes left in the game, but a 5-0 Jaguar run, coupled with six free throws made in the final minute put the game out of reach for Marshall.
Alyssa Hammond had her second double-digit scoring performance of the season with a team-high ten points. Meagan Samis was close behind with nine points. She also led the team with eight boards.
IUPUI had the advantage from the floor, finishing with a 45.8%, compared to 35.7% for the Herd. The Jaguars hit 13 of 21 field goals in the second half. That, coupled with 14 points from the charity stripe made the difference.
With the loss, Marshall will play Radford on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. at Millett Hall. The game will also be broadcast on WMUL 88.1 FM and will be streamed live on http://www.marshall.edu/wmul
Following Saturday's game, the Herd will travel to Morehead State for a game on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. before heading to the Cam Henderson Center for the home opener against Niagara on Saturday at 1 p.m.