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@HerdWBB Falls in Home Match with Ohio

Sophomore Asheika Alexander.
Nov. 22, 2017

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Coach Kemper Postgame Press Conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team lost a close game to the Ohio Bobcats Wednesday night in the Cam Henderson Center, 54-52. The Thundering Herd is now 1-3 while the Bobcats improve to 3-0.
The Marshall offense got off to a slow start scoring just nine points in the first quarter. Both teams struggled in the second, shooting under 30 percent. The Herd went in at the half trailing by seven, 27-20.
Marshall found some rhythm in third quarter. Shayna Gore hit a three with 7:26 left in the quarter to give the Herd its first lead since the 1:14 mark in the first. Marshall outscored Ohio 19-10 in the third and went into the final stanza with a two-point advantage. Ekaterina Zhibareva scored six points in the third and junior Logan Fraley also hit a big three to keep the Herd in the lead.
Ohio continued to fight, forcing turnovers and converting it into points. Ohio tied the game off two free throws with 19 seconds left. The Bobcats won the game scoring on one final turnover with under one second on the clock.
Sophomore Asheika Alexander recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and had four assists. Gore led all scorers with 20 points and Zhibareva posted a career-best 11 points. Senior Talequia Hamilton recorded three more blocks and is just one away from reaching the century mark for her career.
Head Coach Tony Kemper
“It’s a tough way to lose a game. And you know the stat is 28 turnovers. It was rough early in the game, and we talked about it at halftime. We got it handled and then obviously late in the game it got out of hand again.”
“I was very proud of our response coming out of the locker room. We had them in a good spot late, many many times and we have to find a way to handle that better. Be stronger with the ball and be tougher.”
Marshall hits the road to Lexington, Ky., to take on the No. 22 Kentucky Wildcats. Tipoff is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m.