Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 4, 2013

Marshall women edge Memphis

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

HUNTINGTON — A short jumper by Suporia Dickens with five seconds left secured Marshall’s first conference win of the season on Sunday, a 55-54 squeaker against Memphis at the Cam Henderson Center.

“Boy, it’s long overdue,” Marshall head coach Matt Daniel said on the school's athletics website. “This league … the scores aren’t getting out of the fifties and we knew it was going to be a dogfight.”

The Thundering Herd (7-13, 1-6 CUSA) broke an eight-game losing skid in part by making 10 three-pointers. Three treys helped Marshall take an 11-6 lead in the first eight minutes.

Memphis (13-9, 4-4), the league’s top scoring team, was averaging more than 70 points per game. The Tigers made 40.4 percent of their field-goal tries but turned the ball over 14 times. Erica Woods had four steals for the Herd.

Marshall led 30-22 at halftime, but the Tigers were able to claw back into the game in the final minutes and took their first lead with 2:07 left on a layup by Bilqis Abdul Qaadir for a 54-53 Memphis advantage.

Neither side scored after that until Marshall forced Memphis into a shot clock violation with 20 seconds left, setting up the final play.

All four of Shay Weaver’s field goals came from three-point range. She led Marshall with 12 points.

Chukwuka Ezeigbo and Dickens had 10 rebounds apiece.

Memphis was led by the top-ranked scorer in C-USA, Nicole Dickson, who recorded a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds.