Big Second-Half Run Sparks Herd Women to 19-Point Win at Memphis





Jan. 18, 2007

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A 23-6 second-half run by Marshall broke open the Thundering Herd's Conference USA women's basketball matchup with Memphis en route to a convincing 69-50 win over the Tigers at Elma Roane Fieldhouse on Thursday.

Marshall's win was its first road victory of the year in conference play, snapping a four-game C-USA road losing streak dating back to last season. The win was also MU's fourth straight over Memphis to move to 4-0 all-time versus the Tigers.

Memphis (3-17, 0-6 C-USA) scored the first four points of the second half to cut its deficit to four points, prompting a quick Royce Chadwick timeout. The sixth-year Herd coach must have offered some inspirational words for his team, as Marshall (11-7, 4-2) responded with its game-changing run that altered the complexion of the contest.

Forward Meagan Samis (Oklahoma City, Okla.) sparked the Marshall scoring spree by netting the Herd's first seven points of the second half after the timeout. Meg Withrow (Nitro, W.Va.) and Alyssa Hammond (Oak Hill, Ohio) nailed back-to-back 3-pointers during the run while Memphis was held scoreless for nearly eight minutes.

Hammond was one of four Herd players to reach double-digits, tallying 10 points. Samis and freshman guard Alix Barnette (Chapel Hill, N.C.) paced Marshall with 14 points apiece. Center Modupe Ishola (Washington, D.C.) posted her ninth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Barnette's effort marked her second straight game in double-digits after recording a career-high 19 points in last week's loss at Rice.

The first half was marred by a combined 27 turnovers, 15 by Memphis that contributed to 13 Marshall points.

Barnette scored five straight points midway through the half, including a 3-pointer at 9:17, to give Marshall a six-point edge. The freshman's second trey of the half gave MU its biggest lead of the opening frame, 31-22, at 1:46.

Memphis guard Jazmyn Green converted a four-point play thanks to a Hammond foul to cut the Tigers' deficit to two points at 3:10. Memphis would score only two more points the rest of the half to enter halftime down 32-24.

Memphis forward Aroha Jennings led the Tigers with 11 points. Green was UM's other double-digit producer with 10 points.

Ishola played only eight first-half minutes due to early foul trouble. In her quest for 1,000 points, she now owns 984 career points. Chadwick, chasing a milestone himself, is just three wins shy of 300 career Division I victories.

Marshall will conclude its season-high, three-game C-USA road swing with a Saturday night matchup with the UAB Blazers. Tip-off from Bartow Arena, with full coverage from WMUL 88.1-FM or at www.marshall.edu/wmul, is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.