Herd Women Cruise Past Navy, 74-47|
Nov. 12, 2006
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Marshall women's basketball team dominated the glass and shot 53.8 percent from the floor to cruise past Navy 74-47 in its season opener on Sunday at Alumni Hall.
The Thundering Herd, after leading by only four points at halftime, came out of the locker room on fire to put the Midshipmen (0-2) away. Navy, held to only one field goal through the second half's first 10:56, shot 20 percent from the floor in the second frame (7-of-35) while the Herd (1-0) scored 45 points on 55.6 percent shooting.
MU senior center Modupe Ishola (Washington, D.C.) scored a game-high 17 points with nine rebounds on 8-of-9 shooting. Freshmen guards Chantelle Handy (Durham, England) and Alix Barnette (Chapel Hill, N.C.) scored 10 points apiece.
A tight first half was blown wide open in the second when Marshall jumped out to a 10-point advantage six minutes in. Barnette scored six straight Herd points as Marshall went on a half-opening 17-5 run to build its double-digit lead. The Herd also overcame first half free throw problems to go 15-of-18 from the line in the second half, with Barnette going a perfect 6-for-6 from the line.
Marshall out-rebounded Navy 53-25 in the contest. The three-woman senior Midshipmen frontcourt was held to only 12 rebounds, with forward Betsy Burnett leading the way with seven boards. The Herd also dished out 18 assists, tying its highest total since a Feb. 12, 2006, game versus Memphis. Three Herd players posted three assists each (KaShawna Curry, Bridget Chacon and Barnette) while four others had a pair of assists.
Several new faces made their Herd debut, including starting point guard Meg Withrow (Nitro, W.Va.). The sophomore scored nine points, including MU's lone 3-point field goal, with two assists and five rebounds. Redshirt freshman Alyssa Hammond also chipped in six points with five rebounds off the bench.
Center Kari James (Gallipolis, Ohio) entered the game with under a minute remaining in the first half and made an immediate impact. The sophomore blocked a Lauren Nelson shot, ran the floor, picked up an offensive rebound and scored. James' field goal was the last of the half and put Marshall ahead 29-25 at the break.
James, who added a traditional three-point play in the second half off a nice pass from Barnette, finished with five points.
Navy's Kate Hobbs and Nelson led the Mids with 13 points apiece.
Marshall will open its home schedule on Friday at 11 a.m. when it faces Southern in the first round of the Fifth Third MU Classic. Kent State and Robert Morris will face off following the Herd-Jaguars tilt at approximately 1 p.m.