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Herd Stumbles at Robert Morris, 67-48

Junior AJ Johnson led the Herd with 12 points.

Nov. 12, 2013

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MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – In a game that saw just one Marshall player score in double figures, the Thundering Herd women’s basketball team fell at Robert Morris, 67-48, Monday morning.

With the loss, Marshall dropped to 1-1 on the young season. The Herd will not travel again until Dec. 14th, when it meets West Virginia for a neutral site matchup in Charleston, W.Va.

“We know it’s going to be a tough test for us this year, with the inexperience we have,” Marshall coach Matt Daniel said. “I think there’s going to be some games where we shouldn’t win on paper, that we do win, and some that we shouldn’t lose on paper, and we do drop. It’s going to be a learning experience for us and I’m eager to see how it plays out.”

Junior AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) led all Herd scorers, contributing a season-high 12 points. She was 5-of-7 from the floor and paced the team with two three-pointers. Leah Scott (Detroit, Mich.) and Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) each followed with nine points. Aja Sorrells (Athens, Ga.) came off the bench to go 4-of-5 from the free throw line, ending the game with four points.

Marshall struggled on the offensive end, finishing with a .333 field goal percentage. The Herd sunk only four three-pointers (all in the second half), going 4-of-20. While sixteen of Marshall’s 48 points came from bench players, only seven of the Colonials’ 67 came off the bench.

The X-factor for Robert Morris came in the form of reigning NEC Player of the Year, junior Artemis Spanou, who went 11-of-15 on the day and totaled 31 points. Her combined points and 17 rebounds (14 defensive) earned her the 26th consecutive double-double of her career.

“Robert Morris is a really talented team,” Daniel said of the Colonials. “They’re picked to win their league. They have one of the best players [Spanou] I’ve ever seen in person and in preparation. She’s absolutely a professional player.”

A four-point run to open the game proved to be the largest margin in Marshall’s favor, with the lead changing only three times early in the contest. The Herd cut the Colonials’ advantage to five points with six minutes remaining in the first half, putting the game at 22-17 thanks to a short 5-0 run including a jumper by freshman Chelsey Romero (Queens, N.Y.), a made free-throw by Scott and a Johnson field goal. The rest of the half was close, with Robert Morris’ lead at seven going into halftime (32-25).

The Colonials responded by opening the second half on an 11-3 run, lengthening the lead to 15 at the 16:01 mark. The widest margin of the game would come with 1:07 remaining on the clock, with Robert Morris up, 67-43. Five straight Marshall points closed the game, with Dickens sinking a three-pointer and a layup, sealing the final score at 67-48.

“I’ll be glad to get back to the friendly confines of the Henderson Center and hopefully get a better result next time out,” Daniel said.

The Herd plays again at home versus Morehead State, Monday, Nov. 18, at Cam Henderson Center. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.