Jan. 8, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Despite having only one player score in double-digits, a combined team effort from the Marshall women’s basketball team produced a 63-45 win over Tulsa in the first home Conference USA match-up of the season.
The Herd improved to 11-3 (2-0 C-USA) and has won the past four straight contests. Tulsa dropped to 6-7 (1-1 C-USA).
Leandra King played a big part in the victory over the Golden Hurricanes after combining for a season-high four steals and a team-high four blocks. The junior center also grabbed eight rebounds, seven of which were defensive boards.
Lateidra Elliott led the Herd in points for the second game in a row with 14. The senior guard finished 4-for-6 in the field, while adding two steals and an assist. As a whole, 10 different players scored points during the contest.
“We have a lot of people that can play at a high level,” commented head coach Royce Chadwick after the game. “The team is playing unselfishly and contributing for each other. We had one girl in double-figures offensively (Elliott), but everyone in my mind was in double-figures across the board.”
The Herd out-rebounded Tulsa 47-33 and was led by Alyse Poindexter in the category with nine boards. Marshall has won the battle on the boards for the past 12 games and is 11-2 when out-rebounding its opponents.
The Golden Hurricanes opened up the game by taking a 6-2 lead, but Marshall kicked it into gear at the 7:42 mark by taking control of the game with a 13-12 score.
Marshall followed by going on a 10-2 run that was topped off by Elliott making two free throws with 3:01 left in the first half.
The Herd maintained control for the remainder of the opening period and went into the locker rooms with a 27-21 lead.
Marshall held on to the lead for the entirety of the second half and took advantage of 18 points off of turnovers to seal the game 63-45. Even though both teams ended the game with 25 turnovers, Marshall was more efficient in taking advantage of the mistakes by scoring 35 points off of Tulsa turnovers.
“We had a couple of keys that we wanted to make happen tonight and we did a really good job of staying focused and making those keys happen,” added Chadwick. “We wanted to get to the free throw line, not give up to many offensive rebounds and run the ball while containing their transition. I thought we put check-marks in a lot of boxes that we were trying to make sure that we accomplished.”
Marshall will stay at home for the next three games. The Herd take on three different opponents in a span of seven days and begin with Southern Miss on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET. The game will be offered through live audio at 88.1 WMUL-FM or online at www.marshall.edu/wmul. The contest will also be available through live stats and live video, via www.herdzone.com.