Feb. 19, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- The Marshall women’s basketball team hits the road to battle Tulsa on Sunday as the Thundering Herd looks to build momentum with the Conference Tournament on the horizon.
“This is the stretch run, you are down to big numbers in February, it gets serious and you want to try and build momentum,” head coach Royce Chadwick said. “This is a huge momentum opportunity for us.”
MU slipped past UAB, 58-57 on Thursday night at the Cam Henderson Center to earn its seventh win of the season (7-18, 3-9) and snapping the Blazers four-game win streak. The Herd’s starting forwards Tynikki Crook and Veronica Ruiz combined for 30 of the Herd’s 58 points. Ruiz ended the first half with 11 points on five-of-six shooting from the floor, including her first three point basket with time winding down in the opening stanza to put Marshall down three going into the break.
Ruiz would end the night tying her season-high with 13 points while chipping in five rebounds. Crook finished with a team-high 17 points, including the game-winner with 4.3 seconds on the clock. Crook shot a perfect seven-of-seven from the floor. The senior forward also added six rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal on the night.
Tulsa (5-15, 1-11 C-USA) is in the midst of an eight game losing streak following a 72-56 defeat at the hands of Houston. Jermaine Kermis tallied a team-high nine points, while Loren McDaniel pulled down 12 rebounds to go with her eight points. Following her 24 point effort against SMU, Taleya Mayberry chipped in five points on zero-of-10 shooting from the floor against the Cougars. Mayberry is averaging a team-leading 15.0 points per game this season.
“We’ve played them a bunch at Tulsa it seems like, so we are not unfamiliar with the arena. Going on the road after you won an emotional game on Thursday, plus the travel, we have to refocus and get ready to play,” Chadwick said.
The Thundering Herd owns a 3-2 series lead against the Golden Hurricane following three straight victories, including last year’s 57-49 win, its second consecutive victory at Donald W. Reynolds Center.