Troy women fall to Memphis on the road

Published 10:47 am Tuesday, December 5, 2023

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On Dec. 2, the Troy Trojans (0-5) women’s basketball team hit the road and dropped their matchup with the Memphis Tigers (3-5) by a score of 100-88.

Troy’s slump to open the season continued as Memphis jumped out to a 26-13 lead going into the second quarter and took a 50-32 lead at halftime. Memphis led 80-59 going into the final period. Troy outscored Memphis 29-20 in the fourth but it was too little, too late.

Troy shot just 37.2 percent from the field and turned the ball over 22 times, while Memphis shot 47.9 percent and had 18 turnovers. Troy did win the rebound battle, however, 51-40.

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“We have got a lot of good players. We just got to put this all together,” Troy Coach Chanda Rigby said. “Nia Daniel was a bright spot. She was more a finesse shooter in her first year but she’s gotten a lot tougher. She has risen up. I also want to shout out Zay Dyer with a huge double-double and Shaniah Nunn.

“The stats might not show it, but (Nunn) went out there and drew three fouls in the first quarter and that was huge. Also, Shaulan Wagner just keeps trying to make things happen. She keeps going at it and I can appreciate that. We just got to put the pieces together and keep the faith.”

Nia Daniel led Troy with 17 points, two steals, one block and three rebounds, while Zay Dyer earned 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists for her first double-double as a Trojan. Both Makayia Hallmon and Tai’Sheka Porchia scored 13 points each. Shaulana Wagner chipped in with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals, while Sara Carvajal Caro scored six points and grabbed two rebounds.

Memphis was led by Madson Griggs with 22 points, four steals, one block, four assists and five rebounds.

Troy is back on the road on Dec. 6 against the SEC’s Georgia at 10 a.m. in a game that will stream on SEC Network+. Troy is back at home on Dec. 9 against UT-Martin in a game that will begin at 3:33 p.m.