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Herd Takes 54-47 Loss to ECU

Senior Erica Woods

Jan. 31, 2013

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – Marshall women’s basketball fell to East Carolina, 54-47, on Thursday evening in Greenville, N.C.

The Thundering Herd is still searching for its first Conference USA win, dropping to 6-13 (0-6 C-USA) for the season. The Pirates improved to 14-5 (4-2 C-USA) with the victory.

Senior Erica Woods led Marshall with 14 points, going 5-of-7 from the field and added 2-of-3 from behind the three-point arch.

Chukwuka Ezeigbo followed with 11 points and had a team-high nine rebounds. Suporia Dickens added eight points and six rebounds, and also led the defense with two steals and a block.

“We are playing really hard, playing as hard as we can,” said head coach Matt Daniel. “We got beat by seven on the road by a team that is in the top quarter of the league.

“We’re not there yet and continue to have to work. We didn’t shoot well from the field, didn’t get to the free throw line enough, but we still almost won on the road. We have got to somehow figure out how to change the ending.”

East Carolina had three players score double-digit figures including Celeste Stewart (13 points), and twins Britny (12 points) and Whitny (11 points) Edwards. Britny Edwards also contributed a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Herd went 19-of-51 from the field to finish with a 37.3 percent shooting percentage. Marshall finished with five made three-pointers and was 4-of-5 (80.0%) from the free throw line. ECU was able to out-rebound Marshall 38-33 and committed less turnovers 20-12.

Marshall controlled a lead for the first seven minutes of the game, jumping to a 14-11 advantage. At the 12:40 mark, ECU’s Kyani White tied the game with a three-pointer, sparking a 10-point run.

ECU was able to sustain the lead for the remainder of the half, but a three-pointer at the buzzer by Marshall’s Norrisha Victrum allowed the Herd to only trail 29-26 at halftime.

After the first 20 minutes, Marshall was 10-for-26 (38.5%) from the field and Dickens led Marshall with seven points and two rebounds. The Herd was also perfect from the free throw line, going 3-for-3.

Erica Woods had five points in the first two minutes of the second half and a three-pointer by the senior forward tied the game 31-31.

Following seven minutes of inactive scoring from both teams, ECU was able to find some momentum with 11 minutes left and go on an eight-point run to push the lead to 45-37.

Marshall then scored on two-straight possessions to trim the lead to 45-41 with less than four minutes to go in the contest. With under 1:30 left in the game, a three-pointer from Woods and a layup from Ezeigbo trimmed the lead to 50-47, but Marshall was unable to bring the deficit any closer and lost 54-47 after the final buzzer.

The Herd will return to the Cam Henderson Center for its next game against Memphis. Tip off begins at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 3 in the Cam Henderson Center. The game will showcase Marshall’s annual “Sweetheart Clinic” before the contest.