Dec. 11, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- Marshall’s Tynikki Crook posted her third double-double of the season with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds but it wasn’t enough to push the Herd past North Carolina A&T, 57-53, in Saturday night’s non-conference women’s basketball game at the Cam Henderson Center.
The Thundering Herd drops its second-straight, falling to 2-6 on the season while the Aggies improve to 3-4 and grab its first-ever win against MU bringing the series to 2-1 in favor of the Herd.
In a battle of two win teams, both struggled to gain control early combining for three turnovers in as many possessions. The Herd shot 14-of-20 from the field, 70%, in the opening stanza to grab a 33-30 advantage at the break.
Coming out of the break Marshall juggled a seven point lead in the first 10 minutes of the second half, however, 22 second half turnovers would lead the Herd to convert only six points over the final nine minutes. The Aggies would take advantage going on a 15-6 run to end the game.
Despite shooting only 5-for-15 in the second half MU sent Alaya Mitchell to the line down one with seven seconds left to play but Mitchell was unable to convert.
“We turned the ball over a multitude of ways and we didn’t play tough down the stretch when we needed to,” head coach Royce Chadwick said.
North Carolina A&T was led by Sabre Proctor’s 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Tracy King also reached double-figures for the Aggies adding 10 points.
Crook contributed 16 of her 25 points in the second half, while Veronica Ruiz, the only other Herd player to score in the second half, ended the night with 11 points. Crook shot 8-of-11 from the field and 9-of-12 from the charity stripe. Adrian Randall and Mitchell each snagged seven boards in the loss.
The Thundering Herd takes the rest of the week off for finals but returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 18, against Cleveland State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., at the Cam Henderson Center.