March 11, 2014
Conference USA Press Release:
El Paso, Texas - Suporia Dickens (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Chukwuka Ezeigbo (17 points, 11 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles to help 16th-seeded Marshall rally past ninth-seeded Florida Atlantic, 80-73, in the opening contest at of the 2014 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championships at Memorial Gym Tuesday afternoon. The Thundering Herd (11-19) advance to the second round to face No. 8 UAB at 11 a.m. MDT Wednesday.
The Owls (16-14) were up by five at the break (34-29) and looked to be in good shape, leading by 11 (60-49) with 10:58 to play in the contest. MU had other ideas, though, unleashing a 17-2 run over the next 5:31 to surge into the lead at 66-62.
FAU, which was 10-of-42 from three-point range to obliterate the C-USA Championship record for three-pointers attempted (38, Tulane at SMU, 3/3/06), struck back with a 5-0 run to climb back ahead, 67-66, with 4:17 to play.
Marshall was not to be denied, however, closing out the contest on a 14-6 push to complete the rally.
The Thundering Herd nailed 49.2 percent (29-of-59) from the floor while also dominating the boards, 51-40. Chelsey Romero (11 points, six rebounds) also reached double figures in scoring while Norrisha Victrum pitched in nine points and three assists.
FAU's Takia Brooks poured in 25 points while 2014 Second-Team All C-USA honoree Kimberly Smith recorded a double-double (20 points, 11 rebounds) to lead the efforts for FAU. Shaneese Bailey added 11 points and seven boards but the Owls were unable to overcome an off shooting day. They connected on 33.8 percent (25-of-74) from the field, including the aforementioned 23.8 percent from beyond-the-arc.
- First time in C-USA history a No. 16 team has advanced; No. 12 USF in 2000 was previous high seed (defeated No. 5 DePaul, 82-69)
- Marshall is believed to be the lowest seed ever to advance in a conference tournament. The previous high was No. 13 Alabama in 2013 (defeated Mississippi State, 63-36)