Jan. 29, 2012
NEW ORLEANS – Tulane’s No. 18 ranked defense proved to be too strong for the Marshall women’s basketball team as the Thundering Herd took its fifth loss in a row on Sunday in New Orleans, La., 68-52.
Marshall fell to 12-8 (3-4 C-USA) and is now 0-2 in televised games for the year. Tulane improved to 15-5 (4-3 C-USA) with the victory.
Shay Weaver led the Herd with nine points after going 3-for-6 from behind the arc and Jasmine Shaw followed with eight points. This was the first game since playing Miami (OH) that the Herd did not have a player score in double-digits.
Alaya Mitchell led the team in rebounds with five and also recorded seven points and six assists in the contest.
The Thundering Herd shot over 50.0 percent from behind the arc in the first half. Shaw made two of the five made three-pointers in the first eight minutes to help Marshall establish a 14-9 lead.
Tulane took over the lead for the first time with 9:47 left in the first half at 15-14, but the Herd stole the lead back after Weaver nailed two three-pointers in a one minute span.
“First half we were very good from the three-point line,” noted head coach Royce Chadwick after the game. “In the second half we couldn’t get one to go. I thought Tulane did a really good job of standing out there with our shooters in the second half and leaving our post players 1-on-1, yet we weren’t able to take advantage of that in the paint.”
Marshall gave up control of the game late in the first half by allowing Tulane to go on a 41-9 run over a span of 18 minutes, starting with 6:00 minutes left in the first half and ending with 8:12 left in the game.
The run was the largest that a team has put on the Herd since the 2007 preseason NIT tournament, when Evansville went on 27-0 run.
Marshall was able to bring the deficit back to 12 late in the game, but the Green Wave held off for a 68-52 win over the Thundering Herd.
After starting the game with a 55.6 percent three-point average, the Herd went 0-for-8 from behind the arc in the second half. The Green Wave also took advantage of 23 points off of turnovers after Marshall gave up the ball on 23 different occasions.
“We had 23 turnovers and were only able to force 14,” commented Chadwick. “We pressed all night, but we aren’t forcing the turnovers that we once got. We didn’t do the things on our defense to create opportunities for our offense.”
Marshall returns to returns home for two games next week. The Herd will play Rice on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET and will play UAB on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.