Marshall Women Fall To UAB, 62-55

Marshall's women's team played its 1,000th game in the history of the program Saturday, dating back to the 1969-70 season, but it would not be a memorable date for the Herd. UAB won its first game against Marshall in Conference USA play by dropping a 62-55 loss on the Herd, MU's first conference loss at home and only the third loss of the season by Marshall. UAB is in first at 8-2, 13-9 overall.

Marshall was beat on the glass, as the Blazers out-rebounded the Herd by 45-to-32 in the Saturday matinee game. Marshall also watched UAB shoot the three with authority, as the Blazers knocked down 40 percent behind the arc and made 10-of-25. Diamond Rogers led UAB with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, her fifth double-double in six games. She knocked down 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Carmen Guzman (3-of-6 from three) had 17 points and Britney Jones (also 3-for-6 from three) had 11 points.

"Once we got a basket, they would come down the floor and hit a 40-footer," said Meg Withrow. She was Marshall's only double-digit scorer with 15 points, and has averaged 16 points per game the last four. "Or they would get an offensive rebound or two. It's hard to play defense for a minute or minute and one-half." Withrow also had six assists, four steals, two rebounds and only one turnover in 36 minutes. Modupe Ishola just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Chantelle Handy fought for a rebound with UAB's Carmen Guzman Saturday afternoon at the Henderson Center. photos by Greg Perry/HI staff

"We cannot win in Conference USA when we are minus-13 rebounding," said Chadwick after the game. MU was beat on the glass 45-to-32 in the game and is 4-6 on the season when out-rebounded. "At the end we tried to pressure them all over the floor, but their players made plays. Guzman is a big-time player. Everytime they needed a big play, she did it."

Marshall cut the lead from 12-points with 13 minutes to play down to 54-50, but the Herd couldn't hit its big shot when needed. "We had opportunities twice off of steals," said Chadwick, "when we went down and missed layups. We were hoping when we went to the hole we might get some free throws, but you have got to go to the hole to score in February." Marshall missed five shots in a row after cutting the lead to four over a four minute period, including the two misses off steals in that period. UAB went six of six at the line in the final minute to ice the game.

Marshall fell to 14-8, 7-3 in Conference USA, and is one-game behind UAB in the standings (and one-half game behind 7-2 Tulane, who plays at Rice Saturday night). Marshall will hit the road for games at Tulsa on Thursday and at SMU on Sunday before returning home for Tulane Feb. 15 and UTEP on Feb. 17, another day-night doubleheader with the MU men's team. You can hear the UTEP at MU game on WRVC 930 AM.

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