Marshall Fights Back for 69-59 Win Over East Carolina
Jan. 28, 2007
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.--Jasmine Young matched a season-high with 25 points but it was not enough as Marshall defeated the Lady Pirates 69-59 Sunday afternoon at the Cam Henderson Center. With the win, Marshall improves to 13-8, 6-2 in Conference USA action, while East Carolina falls to 9-12, 4-4 in league play.
Marshall jumped out to the early 4-0 lead on a pair of Kendra King free throws. Gabriela Husarova's putback on a LaCoya Terry miss sparked a 6-0 Lady Pirate run, as East Carolina took its first lead of the game, 6-4, with 16:30 remaining in the opening half. ECU maintained a three-point lead over the next four minutes, taking the 12-9 advantage into the second media timeout. Marshall's Meg Withrow scored five straight points for the Herd, giving Marshall the 14-12 lead with 9:05 on the clock. A jumper by Jasmine Young tied the game at 14 a piece before MU's Alyssa Hammond's trey put the Herd back on top, 17-14. The Lady Pirates answered, going on an 8-0 run to retake the lead, 22-17 with 5:47 to play, forcing a Marshall timeout. Chantelle Handy's steal and layup at the 4:36 mark briefly stopped the Lady Pirates, but a Young jumper and a Young steal and dish to Husarova for the easy basket gave ECU the 26-19 lead with 3:48 on the clock. After a basket by Terry for ECU, the Herd put together a 5-0 run to get within four, 28-24 at the break.
Young led all scorers with 13 points at the break. Her 13 points is the most she has scored in the first half this season. Withrow led Marshall with 10 points. The Lady Pirates shot 48.1 percent in the opening half while holding the Herd to 29.2 percent.
Marshall held the momentum in the beginning of the second half, eventually tying the game at 36 a piece on a KaShawna Curry basket at the 16:18 mark. Withrow's basket on the next possession gave Marshall the 38-36 lead. Terry's jumper with 15:27 to play tied the game at 38-38. The Herd regained the lead on another Curry basket, but a 4-0 run by the Lady Pirates put ECU back on top, 42-40, with 11:43 remaining. Back to back three-pointers by Hammond gave Marshall the 46-42 lead, while a free throw by Withrow extended the lead to three with under ten to play. ECU pulled to within one, 47-46, on a Terry layup with 8:21 on the clock. Cherie Mills' basket at the 6:31 mark once again pulled ECU to within one, 51-50. The Herd put together an 8-2 spurt over the next three minutes, extending their lead to seven, 59-52, with 3:35 remaining in the game. Young's free throws at the 2:55 mark cut the Marshall lead to five, 59-54. Four straight free throws by the Herd gave them the nine point, 63-54 advantage with 1:21 on the clock. Jessica Slack connected on two free throws to cut the lead down to seven, 63-56, with 1:07 on the clock. Meagan Samis' free throws with 37.2 seconds to play gave the Herd the 68-57 lead, as they rolled on to the 69-59 victory.
Young's 25 points led all scorers while Mills finished the day with 13 points and Terry also scored in double figures, with 10. Withrow and Curry each finished with 15 points, leading the way for the Herd.
East Carolina returns to Minges Coliseum this Thursday, Feb.1 as it hosts UAB in a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. The Lady Pirates will remain at home on Saturday as they host Memphis at 2:00 p.m.