Late Surge Topples Ball State 60-58
Erica Woods finished with a career-high 14 rebounds
Dec. 31, 2011
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Marshall women’s basketball team celebrated New Year‘s Eve with a late comeback win over Ball State, 60-58. The Herd took over the lead with 4:50 left in the game after trailing for the majority of the contest and secured the win with a solid free throw performance in the closing minutes.
Marshall moved to 9-3 with the victory, while Ball State dropped to 5-8.
Erica Woods had one of the best games of the year on the boards, recording a career-high 14 rebounds. Nine of the grabs were on the offensive glass.
“It was a mental toughness win for us,” said head coach Royce Chadwick after the game. “It was a very gritty performance by a team that decided to lock it down in the last five minutes. The defense was spectacular in the last five minutes. Players stepped into roles when they needed to and made spectacular plays when they need to especially on defense.”
In the opening minutes, Marshall jumped out to a 9-2 lead after Erica Woods contributed four points in the books.
Ball State answered with a 12-0 run to take over the lead 14-9, but Jasmine Shaw buried a three to break the Cardinal momentum.
The Cardinals maintained a lead until Victoria Wells scored six points in a row and grabbed two steals to make the score 26-26 with 1:28 left in the first half.
In the remaining minute, Ball State’s Jazmin Hitchens added a jumper to make the score 28-26 going into the locker room.
Wells finished the opening period with eight points, two steals and a rebound. Woods accounted for 10 boards in the opening half and added four points.
Despite trailing in the first half, Marshall out-rebounded the Cardinals 24-17 and was more accurate from the field with a 44.4 percent average, compared to Ball State’s 33.3 percent mark.
Alyse Poindexter contributed four points to start the second half, but Ball State held their lead at 35-30 in the first five minutes.
Shaw and Chukwuka Ezeigbo came in off the bench to add a combined nine points to help trim the Ball State lead to 45-39 with 9:15 left in the game.
The Herd brought the game within two points after Alaya Mitchell nailed two free throws and added a fast break lay-up with 5:24 left to take the score to 50-48.
Rashedah Henriques helped take over the lead with 4:00 left off a put-back lay-up, making the score 51-50.
Marshall took advantage of Ball State’s foul trouble late in the game and made seven free throws in the closing minutes to push for a 60-58 win.
Marshall travels to Houston, Texas Thursday for their first conference game against the Cougars. The contest tips off at 8:00 p.m. ET. Be sure to follow the contest on WMUL-FM 88.1 or online at www.marshall.edu/wmul.