Nov. 12, 2012
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - In its first road contest of the year, Marshall women's basketball fell to Indiana State, 55-49, Monday night inside the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind.
With the loss, the Thundering Herd falls to 1-1 on the year while Indiana State goes to 2-0 on the young season.
"To be honest, I have no idea how we were even in the game as bad as we played," first year head coach Matt Daniel said following the game. "We were playing kids out of position. That's something we were kind of forced to do because our lack of execution, lack of basketball IQ."
Marshall was led by Chukwuka Ezeigbo, who in her first career start, posted team-highs in points (12), rebounds (8) and blocked shots (7).
Her rebound and block totals were both career highs, while the blocks tie for fifth most by a Herd player in a game.
The Sycamores were led by Racheal Mann with a game- high 18 points and 12 rebounds. Anna Munn added 14 points.
ISU jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the first five minutes of the game. The Herd answered with a 10-4 run to slim the game to one, 16-15. Shay Weaver had two of her three baskets from beyond the arc in the game during the early run.
Hot first half shooting by the Sycamores helped them build a double-digit lead. Indiana State would shoot 52 percent from the field and put together an 11-2 run to wrap up the first half.
Its defense also stifled Marshall as it only scored one bucket, a Jasmine Shaw layup, in the final six-plus minutes of the first half. That led to a 33-23 lead for the Sycamores at halftime.
"It's new for our kids," Daniel said in reference to Indiana State's defensive schemes. "Part of that is playing out of position because of the substitutions we had to make, but that's no excuse for our poor play."
Second half defense by Marshall did keep the game within striking distance. Indiana State shot only 22.2 percent from floor in the second half. However, Marshall allowed 16 second half offensive rebounds and 22 for the game to be outrebounded 38-36.
Turnovers would haunt the Herd all game and eight in the second period inhibited MU from cutting into the ISU lead. Up until the final minute of play, the Sycamore lead was never less than nine points while they were able to extend the margin to as large as 16 points at the 3:42 mark with a Munn three pointer.
Three times the Herd cut the deficit to nine points. Three pointers from Weaver and Shaw each trimmed the Sycamore lead, while Ezeigbo had a layup in the final two minutes which put the lead at nine as Marshall concluded the game with 10-straight points to put the final score at 55-49.
The Herd outshot the Sycamores in the game, shooting 41.3 percent for the contest thanks in part to a 50 percent effort after half time. ISU shot 41.3 percent in the game.
Marshall had 19 points off the bench in comparison with Indiana State's nine. Weaver's nine coupled with four each from Erica Woods and Leandra King fueled coach Daniel's bench.
Ezeigbo and Suporia Dickens each played a team high 27 minutes. Dickens opened her team's scoring with her first career three point bucket.
Marshall is back on the court Saturday when it welcomes former Mid-American Conference (MAC) foe Ball State for a 5:30 p.m. E.T. tip.