Herd Charges Back for Dramatic 65-62 Win Over Morehead State
Ishola and Withrow Combine for 23 Second-Half Points
Nov. 21, 2006
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University women's basketball team overcame a 12-point deficit with 7:44 remaining to post a thrilling 65-62 win over Morehead State on Tuesday at the Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall (4-0) won its fifth straight over Morehead State (1-3), but the previous four wins proved to be much easier in comparison. The Lady Eagles' 14-4 run midway through the second half nearly blew the game wide open. Sizzling MSU 3-point shooting in the frame staked the Lady Eagles a 55-43 lead. Marshall, however, would not go away quietly as it countered with a run of its own, 16-2, to take a two-point edge with 3:31 left in regulation.
Tarah Combs' fourth and final 3-pointer of the night gave Morehead State its last advantage of the night, 60-59, at 3:12. A pair of Melody Hudson (Hueytown, Ala.) free throws gave the Herd the lead back, which was solidified with three Modupe Ishola (Washington, D.C.) points down the stretch.
"I'm very proud of our players," Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said. "When we were down 10 points, we didn't try to get 10 points in one possession. We stayed the course."
Marshall received a huge spark from point guard Meg Withrow (Nitro, W.Va.). The sophomore picked off four MSU passes in the second half and scored 11 of her game- and career-high 17 points in the stanza. During the Herd's 16-2 game-changing run, Withrow scored seven points, including a traditional three-point play, along with two steals and an assist.
"It feels great to come out with a win in a dogfight like this," Withrow, who finished with five assists and four steals, said.
Ishola also had a monster second half, scoring 12 of her 14 points after halftime. She added 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Herd forward Kendra King (Fairfax, Va.) had another stellar workmanlike performance with 11 points, seven rebounds and a career-best five steals.
Marshall guard Jill Justice (Lewisburg, W.Va.) came off the bench to relieve an injured KaShawna Curry (Huntington, W.Va.). The junior tied a career-high with 11 points, going 3-for-6 from the 3-point line. She added four rebounds, three assists and a block.
Marshall was out-rebounded for the first time this season, 47-42. Morehead State's all-conference performer, center LaKrisha Brown, led the Lady Eagles with 17 points and 11 rebounds. In last season's matchup with Marshall, Brown also notched a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Combs scored 14 points with two steals.
MSU's performance beyond the arc kept the Lady Eagles' upset hopes alive. MSU went 11-for-30 from 3-point range (36.7 percent), the most 3-pointers Marshall has allowed in a game since Eastern Michigan drained 10 treys on Feb. 26, 2005.
The Herd is now 4-0 to start a season for the first time since starting 5-0 in 2003-04.
Marshall will now travel to Cancun, Mexico, for the Caribbean Classic. The Herd will face Monmouth at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, before taking on Drake on Friday.