Nov. 17, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women's basketball combined for 56 rebounds, including 31 on the offensive board, to knock of Ball State, 70-45, on Saturday evening in the Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall moved to 2-1 with the victory, while Ball State dropped to 0-3.
The Thundering Herd recorded a plus-36 rebounding margin, limiting the Cardinals to only 20 total boards. Suporia Dickens and Chukwuka Ezeigbo each earned 12 boards to lead Marshall.
"We had three goals today - play as hard as we could, play with as much positive energy as we could, and play with one purpose," commented head coach Matt Daniel. "I thought we did that. We grew as the game went on and I'm really proud of the team effort, the collective body of work that we put together today."
Marshall's defense was relentless throughout the contest, only allowing Ball State 11 made field goals, while holding the Cardinals to 0-for-10 in three-pointers.
The 45 points Marshall forced Ball State to is the lowest non-conference score an opponent has totaled since Elon was limited to 45 in 2004-05.
Using 16 total assists in the game, the Herd went 26-of-62 from the field for a 41.9 shooting percentage. Exactly half of the attempted shots were three-pointers as Marshall went 9-of-31 from behind the arc.
Four different Marshall players earned double-digit points totals. Orlandria Williams recorded a career-high 18 points, going 6-of-13 from the field and made four three-pointers. She was two rebounds shy of a double-double, totaling eight rebounds.
"In practice, coach (Daniel) has always told me not to hesitate," Williams said following the game. "So today I came into the game with the mindset to shoot any open ball the defense gives me. Basically, I ended up open most of the time, so I took the three and it was dropping for me."
Ezeigbo followed with 10 points, and combined with the 12 rebounds, earned her first career double-double.
Freshman point guard Norrisha Victrum added a season-high 10 points, using a team-high four made free throws.
Leandra King contributed 10 points from the post, going 4-for-6 from the field, and finished with a team-high three blocks.
Ball State was led by Brandy Woody with 12 points, while Shelbie Justice followed with 11. The Cardinals earned more points off of free throws than from the field. BSU recorded an 88.5 percent free throw percentage after going 23-for-26 from the stripe.
Shay Weaver scored all eight of her points in the opening five points and allowed Marshall to jump ahead of Ball State 14-6.
Williams used one of her four three pointers to cap a 17-5 run, making the score 31-13 with just under six minutes left in the first half.
Solid post presence from Leandra King and Ezeigbo helped Marshall hold a 35-21 lead at halftime. King added one block and three rebounds from the bench, while Ezeigbo had six points, four rebounds and a block in the first half.
The Herd limited Ball State to only seven points in the first 12 minutes of the second half and extended its lead to 54-28. At the time Marshall was out-rebounding Ball State 31-9.
Despite making 18-of-19 free throws in the second half, Ball State was unable to put a dent in the deficit and the Herd earned its second home victory, 70-45.
Victrum scored all of her 10 points in the second half, while King totaled two blocks in the period. The Herd totaled 35 rebounds alone in the second half and the defense allowed only three made field goals.
Marshall will next travel to College Station, Texas to play in the Texas A&M Classic during Thanksgiving weekend. The Herd will face Marquette and Southern in the three-day event.