Marshall Falls 69-57 in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic|
Jan. 17, 2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – For the 51st time in Marshall women’s basketball history, the Herd took on the West Virginia Mountaineers, but were unable to secure a victory and fell to its in-state rival 69-57.
Marshall dropped to 12-5 with the loss, while West Virginia improved to 13-5.
Shay Weaver was awarded the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic MVP after finishing the game with nine points, five rebounds and a steal.
Despite the loss Marshall out-rebounded WVU with a plus-11 rebound margin, giving the Herd 14 games in a row where they have been better on the glass than their opponent. 18 of the rebounds came on the offensive side, while the Herd limited WVU to only seven offensive boards.
“I thought we did a really good job on the glass,” said head coach Royce Chadwick. “An Achilles heel for us all season has been getting offensive rebounds and putting them back in the hole. We got a lot of offense rebounds, but we have to get them back into the hole.”
West Virginia scored nearly half their points at the charity stripe after adding 32 points from the free throw line. The Herd accumulated 30 fouls during the contest.
“I was very happy with our effort,” Chadwick after the game. “I thought we got after it, but we sent them to the free throw line 40 times and we won’t win very many basketball games if there is a parade like that at the free throw line.”
The Mountaineers led the game off by taking an 11-1 run in the opening minutes. WVU continued to put the pressure on in the ensuing minutes and took their biggest lead of the first half at the 7:29 mark with a layup by Christal Caldwell to make the score 23-9.
Senior guards Alaya Mitchell and Rashedah Henriques stole back the momentum in the following two possessions and made a three-pointer each to cut the Mountaineer lead to eight and the Herd would go on to close out the half with a 12-6 run, going into the locker rooms trailing 31-27.
Marshall started the second half by cutting the WVU lead to two after Mitchell put in two free throws to make the score 34-32.
Veronica Ruiz made the score just a one point game at 42-41 with 12:34 left in the second half, but the one point deficit would be the closest Marshall got for the game.
West Virginia responded with a seven point run and took their biggest lead of the game at the 7:58 mark with the score at 61-45. The Herd out-scored West Virginia by four points in the final seven minutes, but the effort wasn’t enough and West Virginia took home the victory 69-57.
West Virginia has won the past seven contests against the Herd and Marshall now trails the Mountaineers 35-16 in the all-time series.
“They can shoot the three, they can play power basketball and have tremendous defense,” noted Chadwick on the West Virginia team. “Hats off to Mike (Carey) and his team – they did a lot of things that we don’t see much of in Conference USA.”
Marshall returns to conference play for the remainder of the season and takes on UCF at home on January 22. The game is scheduled to tip off at 1:00 p.m. ET. The contest will be available at 88.1 FM-WMUL or online at www.marshall.edu/wmul. The game will also be offered through live stats and live video at www.herdzone.com.