SMU Steals Away Win from Marshall, 55-53


Alyse Poindexter led the Herd with 16 points.

Alyse Poindexter led the Herd with 16 points.

Jan. 15, 2012

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Despite holding a lead for the majority of the game, Marshall women’s basketball was unable to close out the contest against SMU and lost 53-55 on Sunday afternoon. The loss marked only the second time Marshall has been defeated this season after holding a lead at halftime.

The Herd dropped to 12-4 (C-USA 3-1) and the defeat ended a five-game win streak. The game marks the first loss for Marshall since December 22. SMU improved to 8-8 (2-2 C-USA).

Alyse Poindexter led the Herd in points with 16 after finishing 7-for-8 from the field. The junior forward also led the team in rebounds with six, five of which were on the defensive side.

Orlandria Williams made a big impact from the bench and added a career-high 12 points after finishing 5-for-6 from the field and making a three-pointer during the contest.

Marshall shot 13-for-22 with nearly a 60.0 percent average from the field in the first half but was unable to reproduce the same efficiency in the closing half, finishing the second period with a 25.8 percent average.

“Hats off to SMU, they did a really good job defensively in trying to slow us down,” commented head coach Royce Chadwick after the game. “They took away things that we really like to do, while offensively they lit us up from the three-point line.”

Marshall went into the game as the number three team in Conference USA for three-point defense, but SMU was able to take advantage of nearly a 40.0 percent average from behind the arc after making 5-for-13 three-pointers.

The Herd’s accuracy in the field helped Marshall push to a 30-26 lead to close the first half. Marshall finished the opening 20 minutes with nearly a 60.0 percent average from the field after going 13-for-22.

Victoria Wells recorded three steals in the first half, while Williams was a perfect 3-for-3 to record seven points. Poindexter was also flawless from the field, finishing the first half 3-for-3 with six points.

In the second half the Herd held on to the lead all the way up to the seven minute mark, but the Mustangs took control after a lay-up from SMU’s Destynee Hives-McCray. SMU held on to the lead and built a seven point lead at 55-48 with 2:10 left in the game.

A lay-up by Poindexter and made free throw from Wells put the game at 55-53 with just over a minute left on the clock. Two steals from Alaya Mitchell in the closing seconds gave Marshall two opportunities to tie the score, but the Herd was unable to convert the attempts.

“We played hard and had opportunities down the stretch and made some plays, but we just could not finish them,” added Chadwick. “That was the difference in the game. We had play-makers making things happen and getting steals, but it seemed like we couldn’t come down and convert it and turn it into a positive for our team.”

Marshall has a one day turnaround before traveling to Charleston, W.Va. on Tuesday to face the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be offered on channel 33 – WV PBS (WPBY). The game will also be available on 88.1 FM-WMUL or online at www.marshall.edu/wmul.