Marshall Falls to West Virginia 64-48|
Dec. 4, 2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall did its best to keep the game within reach, but turnovers and missed free throws plagued the Thundering Herd as it fell 64-48 to No. 23 West Virginia, Tuesday at the Charleston Civic Center.
Marshall (4-4) never led in the contest, but did cut the Mountaineer (5-2) lead to one on two occasions midway through the first half. However, 33 WVU points were scored off of a season-high 26 Marshall turnovers.
"They're certainly more talented than we are right now," said head coach Matt Daniel. "We're working diligently to put ourselves in a situation to compete."
The Herd was led by senior center Leandra King who came off the bench to score a team-high 10 points on 5-of-9 from the field along with six rebounds. Following the contest, King was named the Eddie Barrett Most Outstanding Player for Marshall.
WVU jumped out to a 14-2 lead before Marshall went on a 13-2 run to trim the Mountaineer lead to 16-15 with 9:56 remaining in the half. The Herd defense earned four of its six blocks in the opening eight minutes.
Marshall also trailed 18-17 with 8:36 to play before going four minutes without a field goal as WVU went on a 9-0 run to extend its lead to 27-17 with four minutes left in the opening period.
"I am happy to see them fight back," Daniel said. "I think over the last three halves of basketball we've looked more like a basketball team. We're starting to execute better."
A layup by Victrum broke the scoring drought, but a three-pointer by WVU's Jennie Simms at the end of the half allowed the Mountaineers to sustain a 35-23 advantage at the buzzer.
Missed free throws hurt the Herd as it went 1-of-8 from the stripe in the opening 20 minutes and 5-of-17 for the game.
WVU finished a 9-0 run, going back from the first half to start the second period, taking a 17-point lead with 17 minutes left in the game. The Mountaineers' largest lead of 19 came at the 11:40 mark, a margin of 50-31.
Marshall trimmed the WVU lead to 59-48 with 2:45 to play, but never got any closer.
Despite losing the rebounding edge 28-41, eight by Chukwuka Ezeigbo, the Herd held a 28-26 advantage in the paint.
WVU was led by Crystal Leary who had 12 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Bria Holmes led the team in scoring with a game-high 15 points.
Marshall will next be in action on Dec. 8 for a 1 p.m. game at Southern Illinois.