Dec. 20, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thundering Herd women's basketball team won its fourth-straight game, topping UT-Martin by a score of 65-48, Sunday afternoon at the Cam Henderson Center.
For the second time in as many game, Chantelle Handy led Marshall (6-4) in scoring, talling 14 points against the Skyhawks (1-7). Mystee Dale recorded 12.
"This was a nice win for us, it is great to be home and wonderful to finish out the semester the way that we have," head coach Royce Chadwick said.
The game was hotly contested over the first nine minutes. Marshall notched the first six points, however, UTM came back to make it a 13-11 match with 11:20 remaining in the first half. An 11-2 run by the Herd over the next five minutes put it up by double digits. The lead would never be back in single digits.
Dale's ten first-half points paced the Herd to a 16-point, 39-23, advantage at the half.
A 10-3 stretch to begin the second stanza gave the Herd a 23-point advantage with 17 minutes remaining. UT-Martin would drop the lead down to as few as 14 points, but the Herd would come back to grab the 17-point win.
Adrian Randall and Kendra King continued their solid play. King, a starter for the second-straight game, scored eight points, grabbed six boards and dished out four assists. Randall scored a career-high of nine points to go along with six rebounds.
Alecia Weatherly led a trio of double-digit scores for the Skyhawks, scoring 14 points. Darnisha Lyles had 11 while Cali Cupples notched ten.
The Herd finished with a dominating 41-25 advantage on the boards, including a 25-16 edge on the defensive glass. Marshall shot an even 50% for the contest while holding UTM to .304 shooting.
Marshall will have a nine-day hiatus before returning to action on December 29 to play host to Murray State. It will mark the second game of the Fifth Third Challenge. The first 150 fans will receive a free t-shirt while one lucky person will have the chance to win up to $1,000 in a savings bond courtesy of Fifth Third Bank.