Feb. 26, 2014
Postgame Press Conference | Final Book
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – In spite of a great shooting performance by the Thundering Herd, 22 turnovers were a hindrance in an 87-68 loss to Florida Atlantic, Wednesday evening at Cam Henderson Center.
With the loss, Marshall fell to 9-18, 2-12 in Conference USA, as league newcomer FAU improved to 14-13, 4-10. It was the first-ever meeting between the teams.
“We turned the ball over 22 times tonight and we still have room to improve,” coach Matt Daniel said. “We have looked lethargic the last three games and other teams haven’t. We need to do a better job of taking care of the basketball.”
The Herd led the Owls for the first 17 minutes of play, going up by as many as six points at the 10:55 mark. FAU was 0-of-11 on its first 11 3-pointer attempts, scoring its first trey at the 4:49 mark. From that point, the Owls ended the period on a 15-6 run, earning its first lead at 2:49 and going into halftime on top, 37-30.
Coming out of the break, Marshall found itself digging deeper and deeper into a hole, committing three turnovers in the first two minutes. FAU gained its first double-digit lead at 18:01, up 44-32. Marshall never came closer than an 11-point deficit from that time, and fell down as many as 25 at 11:07, down 67-42. With help from a 50-point performance in the second half, FAU went on to win, 87-68. The last time Marshall allowed 50 points in a half was in the second half versus Evansville, Nov. 9, 2007, when the Herd lost, 89-77.
“We have to learn about successes and about how to handle winning and losing games,” Daniel said. “We have yet to do that all year.”
Marshall was led by a pair of 16-point performances by Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) and Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.). Victrum had a career game, going 4-of-5 from the 3-point line, and Ezeigbo put up 14 of her 16 in the second half. Freshman Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) matched her career high of four blocks, moving into fourth place all-time in the Marshall record book with 42 total swats this season.
The Herd out-shot the Owls, 48.2 percent (27-of-56) to 44.6 percent (29-of-65) from the field and 41.2 percent (7-of-17) to 27.8 percent (10-of-36) from long range. It marked Marshall’s third-best shooting performance this season. The dagger came from the turnover stat, with FAU converting a whopping 27 points off 22 Herd turnovers. Marshall scored nine points off 12 Owl errors.
“We are looking ahead to our last game on the road and then senior night at home next week,” Daniel said. “I think we have the potential to make a run in the C-USA Tournament and I’ve been saying that all year.”
Next, Marshall will make its final regular-season road trip to Charlotte, N.C. to take on the 49ers, Saturday, at 7 p.m.. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.