Dec. 2, 2011
EVANSVILLE, IND. - Big contributions from Alyse Poindexter and Leandra King in the blocks helped push Marshall women's basketball to a 72-48 win over Chicago State in the opening game of the Aces Winter Classic.
The Herd improved to 4-2 with the win, while Chicago State dropped to 0-8 in the young season. The contest was the first meeting between the two programs in Marshall's history.
Marshall finished with 44 points from the paint and was led by junior forward Alyse Poindexter with 18 points, while Leadra King totaled 12 and finished with two blocks. Poindexter also led the team in rebounds with seven and went 8-for-11 from the free throw line.
"The post players did a great job, especially in the second half," commented head coach Royce Chadwick after the game. "They were giving us some opportunities 1-on-1 and doing a really good job of pinning."
"They really started doing well toward the end of the first half," continued Chadwick. "We were doing a lot of high-low stuff and got a lot of good looks. I'm really proud of Alyse Poindexter. She had a whole crew of people here watching her and she had one of her best games so far in this young season."
Forwards, Suporia Dickens and Chukwuka Ezeigbo, also added eight points each from the blocks. Ezeigbo and Dickens posted six and five rebounds, respectively.
As a team the Herd out-rebounded the Cougars 43 to 22 for the game.
"In the first half we shot really well, so there weren't a whole lot of rebounds to be had," noted Chadwick on the rebounding effort. "As we came out in the second half, the team had around 15 offensive rebounds. Part of our deal was to make sure our 3's, 4's and 5's were on the boards and they did a really good job of staying on the boards and getting offensive rebounds."
Despite winning the game by more than twenty points, the Herd started the first ten minutes of the opening half plagued by 12 turnovers and trailed 11-6.
Marshall took over the lead for the first time in the game after Jasmine Shaw nailed a three-pointer with 9:10 left in the first half make the score 17-16.
After stealing the lead from the Cougars, Marshall went on a 22-6 run to end the half with a 41-22 score.
The Herd went into the locker rooms with a 64 percent average after shooting 16-for-25 from the field in the first half. King and Poindexter both went 4-for-5 in the opening period.
In the second half, Marshall was efficient in spreading the ball around and maintained the lead for the entirety of the 20 minutes, taking home the win 72-48.
"I was really proud of our team in the fact that around the eight minute mark in the first half they said, `look we just have to play with what we got here and go out there and make something happen'," commented Chadwick. "We have a lot of depth and I thought that Jasmine Shaw gave us a very good spark off the bench. Alyse Poindexter did a really good job of establishing herself early and really took off from there. It was pretty much a team effort and a lot of people made contributions tonight to help us win the game."
Marshall will play Evansville to close out the Aces Winter Classic tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m. ET for the tournament championship. The game will be available through WMUL's radio show, available at www.marshall.edu/wmul. The contests can also be followed through LiveStats, via Evansville's athletic website, www.gopurpleaces.com