Second Half Comeback Downs Cincinnati 55-47

Dec. 10, 2011

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HUNTINGTON, W.VA. - Despite trailing for nearly 30 minutes of the "Jam the Cam" game, Marshall fought back to defeat the Cincinnati Bearcats 55-47, courtesy of 13 points added by Marshall's Jasmine Shaw in the second half.

Marshall improved to 6-2 for the season, while extending their win streak to five games in a row. Cincinnati dropped to 6-2 for the year.

Shaw's 13 point production in the second half accounted for all her points in the game, but still put her as the leader on the team in the points category. In the final ten minutes to close out the game, the sophomore guard went 4-for-5 from the field, adding three buckets from behind the arc.

The second half was a complete turn-around from the field after starting the first half with only a 21.4 percent field goal average and a 11.1 percent three-point average. In the second half, Marshall found their stroke and went 6-for-11 in three-pointers and made 44.4 percent of their shots from the field.

"We couldn't find any ways to score in the first half," noted head coach Royce Chadwick. "We didn't have a lot of good rotations in the first half like we normally have. In the second half, our rotations started to settle in."

"Jasmine made some huge baskets," continued Chadwick. "In some spots in the second half, we gave the ball to Jasmine and got out of the way a little bit. We set her screens and said `go make us a play'."

Shaw finished as the points leader, but Lateidra Elliott followed with 12 points for the game after finishing 4-for-5 from the field. The senior guard also accounted for a team-leading four assists and two steals.

To open up the game, the Herd took a 6-0 lead in front of a 2,242 person crowd that marked the most attendance for the "Jam the Cam" promotion in three years.

After seven minutes of play, the Bearcats took over the lead after a lay-up from Shaw's former high school teammate, Dayeesha Hollins, made the score 8-10. Hollins would go on to finish with a team-leading 17 points for Cincinnati.

Cincinnati went on to outscore the Herd 11-5 for the remainder of the half until Elliott helped Marshall get a spark of momentum with a made three-pointer with only 40 seconds left to put the score at 21-16 at halftime.

The second half continued with the Bearcats leading for the first 10 minutes of the period. Marshall tied the ballgame up at 33-33 after Shaw made a layup on a fast break.

With 8:55 left in the contest, Marshall went on a 11-4 run after Shaw added two three-pointers and two free throws, while Elliott contributed one from beyond the arc as well.

Marshall made 4-of-4 three-pointers in the ensuing four minutes and took their biggest lead of the game after Erica Woods nailed two free throws with 3:10 left in the contest to make the score 49-39.

The Herd showcased strong defense to contain Cincinnati in the remaining minutes and went on to seal the game 54-47.

The Herd defense finished with 12 steals, while Victoria Wells led the team in the category with four. She now accounts for 23 steals for the year.

On the boards, Erica Woods was the team leader for the fourth time this season, grabbing 10 rebounds. Marshall out-rebounded the Bearcats 41-37.

"I would like to first of all say thank you to all of the fans," commented Chadwick after the game. "A great crowd tonight and a lot of people in the stands made a difference down the stretch. Our girls always play better in that situation and I thought down the stretch the crowd was the difference maker."

Marshall's next game will be in the Cam Henderson Center against Longwood University. The contest is scheduled for this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET.