Dec. 22, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women's basketball fell to Tennessee Tech, 67-60, on Saturday afternoon in the Cam Henderson Center.
The Thundering Herd dropped to 6-6 for the season, while the Golden Eagles improved to 6-6.
The contest showcased a battle in the blocks as both teams scored over 42 points inside the paint. Marshall earned 44 points inside the post and had three forwards score double-digit points.
Leandra King came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points after going 5-for-7 from the field and making 6-of-7 from the free throw line. She added seven rebounds and had two blocks.
Chukwuka Ezeigbo and Suporia Dickens followed with 12 points each. Both players tied King as top rebounder, grabbing seven boards each. Dickens also added two blocks and two steals to lead the defense.
The Herd was efficient from the free throw stripe, going 13-of-16 from the line for an 81.3 percent average. The loss marks the first defeat Marshall has taken when totaling more free throws than its opponent.
Tennessee Tech edged the Herd out on the boards, recording 36 rebounds compared to Marshall's 33. As a team, the Golden Eagles went 29-for-57 from the field (48.4 %) and netted five three-pointers, compared to Marshall's one.
T'Keyah Williams led TTU with 18 points, while Jala Harris had 16 points and Mariah Dean added 12.
"It's pretty frustrating," said head coach Matt Daniel after the game. "I can't stand losing, but if you look at it, aside from the West Virginia and the Marquette game, we are in every game. We got down 15 here and fought back.
"We show spurts, but over the long haul, break downs kill us," continued Daniel. "Lack of focus and toughness kills us. We have to continue to get tough and develop this team."
Marshall earned 22 of its 27 first half points inside the paint. Leandra King was able to come off the bench and total 11 points in the period, going 3-for-5 from the field and adding 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Accurate shooting from the field helped the Golden Eagles take a 34-29 advantage at the half. Tennessee Tech went 15-of-28 for a 53.6 percent average from the field and was led by Jala Harris with 13 first half points.
The Herd defense was able to force 11 Golden Eagle turnovers in the opening period, but could only turn the TTU mistakes into 10 points off of turnovers.
Marshall was never able to bounce back from the first half deficit and trailed for the rest of the game.
Dickens earned all 12 of her points in the second half and was resilient on defense earning a block and a steal. Ezeigbo finished with eight points in the last 20 minutes and totaled five boards.
Tennessee Tech earned six steals in the period and forced 11 Marshall turnovers to help keep a lead over the Herd for the final 20 minutes. Williams finished with 14 points for TTU in the second half.
Marshall will next travel to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy. The contest will start at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 30.