Women's Basketball Stumbles, 87-57, at Charlotte|
March 1, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A balanced scoring attack led by an upperclassman was not enough for the Marshall women’s basketball team at Charlotte as the Thundering Herd fell 87-57 on Saturday night inside Dale F. Halton Arena.
With the loss, Marshall completed Conference USA road play at 0-8, falling to 9-19 overall, 2-13 in the league. Charlotte improved to 14-13, 8-6 in the league. The 49ers now lead the series with the Herd, 2-1.
Coach Matt Daniel put his 13th different lineup on the floor to begin the game with Aja Sorrells (Athens, Ga.) earning her 10th career start alongside Erica Woods (St. George, Bermuda), Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.), Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) and Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.).
In the first six minutes of play, Marshall and Charlotte traded leads six times with three ties. The game’s fourth tie ensued at 11:36, 16-16, until the 49ers pulled ahead to a 21-16 lead at 10:12. Charlotte did not surrender the lead for the remainder of the half, going up by as many as 19 with 13 seconds until the break. From the 11:56 mark until halftime, the Herd went cold, shooting 2-of-1 from the field. Dickens drove in for a layup as time expired to settle the score at 39-23 in Charlotte’s favor.
After opening the second period going 3-of-7 from the field in the first four minutes, Marshall was held scoreless from 16:35 to 13:39, enduring an 0-of-6 drought. During that time, Charlotte went on a hot streak, without a miss from 19:39 to 14:09 and making eight consecutive buckets to go up, 59-32, for its largest lead of 27. Although the Herd put up an 8-0 answer from 14:09 to 11:20 to cut its deficit to 59-40, the team’s struggles continued as Charlotte matched Marshall’s run over the next 2:19, going back up by 27 with 8:58 to go. The Herd would not come closer than a 22-point deficit in the final nine minutes, and fell down by as many as 33 with 1:42 to go.
Out of the 10 members of the Herd that saw game action, nine of them contributed offensively as Ezeigbo led Marshall with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. As a team, Marshall struggled mightily from the floor, finishing 23-of-68 (33.8 percent) from the field and 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) from beyond the arc.
Next, to close out the regular season, the Thundering Herd will host UTSA on Senior Night, March 5, at 7 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.