Blazers beat Thundering Herd
HUNTINGTON -- UAB guard Ashley Grimes beat two Marshall University players to a long rebound with 29 seconds left in a Saturday afternoon Conference USA women's basketball game in Cam Henderson Center.
The all-out hustle play by Grimes, who chased down the rebound of her own missed foul shot, allowed UAB to run out the clock in a 63-57 victory.
"I told them before the game the team with the most enthusiasm for the longest period would win the game," Marshall head coach Matt Daniel said.
"I think that's what happened."
Leah Scott missed a foul shot for Marshall with 35 seconds left and Daniel wanted the Herd to foul Grimes when she pulled the rebound down. Marshall didn't foul then, but A.J. Johnson hacked Grimes when she got the basketball back with 31 seconds remaining.
Grimes made her first foul shot and missed the second attempt. Marshall had the option of fouling again after Grimes got the rebound, but chose to continue playing.
"If you're not going to compete in those situations then you're better off just holding the fort down and trying to keep it together," Daniel said.
UAB (9-6 season, 1-1 C-USA) and Marshall combined to commit 33 turnovers, but the Blazers didn't turn it over after halftime.
Marshall, which had a 13-point lead in the first half, coughed up the basketball ball 10 times in the second period.
One of the Herd miscues led to UAB dumping the ball inside to Dy'man Webb, whose only field goal in the game tied the score, 46-46, with 8:48 remaining.
Webb followed her basket by making a foul shot, Chelsee Black fired in a 3-point shot and Karisma Chapman blew by the defense for a layup after a Herd turnover. The eight-point run left UAB ahead, 52-46, with 6:08 left.
Marshall (7-8, 1-1) cut the gap to 59-56 on Johnson's 3-pointer with 1:23 to go, but that's as close as the Herd got in the closing minutes.
"On three or four plays we throw it right to them and we get beat by six," Daniel said. "That's the game."
Chapman led UAB with 25 points on 11-for-19 shooting and also had 11 rebounds. Grimes had 15 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. Black added 11 points.
Only six Blazers scored and the bench contributed nine points.
UAB overcame a 41-32 halftime deficit.
"We have talked all year long about next play and that you need to continue to play for 40 minutes," said UAB head coach Randy Norton. "I felt like our girls did that today and found a way to win."
Johnson's 15 points were high for Marshall and she made five of the Herd's seven 3-point shots.
Scott tacked on 12 points and Erica Woods eight. Chukwuka Ezeigbo collected nine rebounds while Suporia Dickens had eight.
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