Nov. 6, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.VA. – The Marshall women’s basketball program concluded their second and final exhibition game of the pre-season Sunday afternoon, beating Bluefield State College 96-36. Marshall was able to play every student-athlete on Coach Chadwick’s bench and 15 of the 17 players added points to the final count.
In the first half, the Herd defense limited the Lady Blues to only 12 points. Offensively, Marshall totaled 54 points in the first period, with 35 points coming off of Bluefield State turnovers. The Herd used a tough full-court press to help accumulate 13 steals in the first half, four of which came from Dorina Barrett.
In the second half, the defense was again able to limit the Bluefield State attack and forced the Lady Blues to a 21.4 percent field goal average and a 0-for-7 count from beyond the arc.
The focus of Coach Chadwick’s game-plan was to give inexperienced players court time and as a result 14 different players had 10 minutes or more in the game.
“We played an awful lot of inexperienced players and their enthusiasm is carrying them through a lot of their mistakes, but they are doing a lot of good things with their effort and intensity. Hopefully we can match that with some technique as we go through November.” said Chadwick after the game.
After the final buzzer, Marshall’s Leandra King had the highest point total with 13, while four different players followed with nine points. The Herd forced BSC to turn the ball over 44 times and as a result, Marshall had 51 points off of turnovers from the Lady Blues.
Defensively the team totaled 24 steals and had 16 points on fast-breaks. On the boards, King also led in rebounds with eight, while the team had a total of 56 rebounds.
The squad was consistent at the free-throw line throughout the game and made 30-of-37 at the line, giving them an 81.1 percent average.
Chadwick added after the game, “I thought we had a lot of people make positive contributions and overall we are very excited to get the “W”. I thought our team improved from exhibition game one to exhibition game two. Now we need to make a tremendous leap to open the season against Kent State and hopefully we will have a better basketball team on Friday than we had today and continue to improve.”
Women’s basketball will open up the 2011-12 season this Friday at 5:00 p.m. against Kent State. The game will be offered through GameTracker and LiveStream video, via www.HerdZone.com. Be sure to also follow through WMUL’s radio show at 88.1 or online at www.marshall.edu/WMUL.