Jan. 30, 2016 Final Stats
BIRMINGHAM, Al. - Leah Scott tied a career-high with 26 points and hit two clutch free throws with 12 seconds left to will the visiting Marshall women's basketball team past host UAB 64-61 Saturday afternoon at Bartow Arena.
The win vaulted the Thundering Herd to 14-6 overall and 4-5 in Conference USA while UAB dropped to 10-10 and 3-6 in the league.
"Today was a hard-fought team win, in a place that has only seen two teams get it done, Western Kentucky on Thursday and us today," said Marshall coach Matt Daniel. "I'm very proud of our group and the teammates we were the last two days. We are growing every possession. Our growth is sometimes about basketball, but more often than not it has nothing to do with basketball at all."
Scott's points came on 6-for-12 shooting from the field and 13-for-16 at the free throw line. She also had eight rebounds and three assists. Logan Fraley and Norrisha Victrum each had nine points on three 3-pointers and the latter added six assists and played 39 minutes. Taylor Porter chipped in three steals.
UAB got an impressive stat line from Brittany Winborne (24 points, 11 rebounds). She went 7-for-11 from the floor and 10-for-12 at the charity stripe. T'erra Lewis had three assists.
The Thundering Herd did a good job defending UAB leading scorer Deanna Kuzmanic and shooter Chelsee Black. The duo combined for just 14 points on 5-for-20 from the floor and 2-for-14 from long range.
The Thundering Herd actually outrebounded the Blazers 34-33. UAB came into the game leading the league in rebounding defense, defensive rebounding percentage and rebounding margin.
Marshall had a nice day behind the arc, drilling eight of its 19 attempts (42.1%), while holding the Blazers to a 4-for-20 clip (20%). The Thundering Herd also shared the ball exceptionally well, registering assists on 16 of 20 baskets.
UAB held a commanding edge on points in the paint at 30-16.
The Thundering Herd led by nine (31-22) on a Scott layup with 1:02 left and took an eight-point lead (32-24) when the Detroit native split a pair of free throws just before the half.
UAB fought all the back, however, and tied the game at 47 apiece on a Winborne three-point play 54 seconds into the fourth quarter.
The Thundering Herd took a 64-61 lead after two Scott free throws and withstood a Black 3-point attempt, which Fraley rebounded to secure the victory.
Marshall improved to 13-0 when leading with five minutes left this season and 11-0 when leading at the half.
"Our commercial flight was cancelled, so we are busing it back to Huntington to get ready for undefeated UTEP on Thursday (6 p.m.) and feisty UTSA (1 p.m.) on Saturday," Daniel said. "We will be a happy bus for the first four hours and hopefully asleep for the last four. We need all of the energy we can get in the building for the games coming up."