Herd Women Rout Ohio, 86-63
MU Ends Four-Game Skid to Bobcats
ATHENS, Ohio – Marshall’s Catie Knable (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) scorched arch-rival Ohio for 22 points and 18 rebounds to snap a four-game losing streak to the Bobcats and guide the Thundering Herd women’s basketball team to an impressive 86-63 Mid-American Conference win on Saturday at the Convocation Center.
Marshall’s lone four-year player, Knable tied her season-high in points thanks to an 8-of-10 shooting performance, including a career-high four 3-point field goals. Her 18 boards are the most since she grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds in February of 2002 versus Bowling Green.
The Herd (10-3, 2-1 MAC) controlled the tempo of the game from the opening tip, not allowing Ohio (6-6, 0-1 MAC) to record its first field goal until the 12:27 mark of the first half. MU led 11-4 at that point, but allowed the Bobcats to take its only lead of the game seven minutes later to hold a brief 19-18 edge before the Herd responded with an offensive onslaught. Up 25-20 with just under three minutes remaining in the half, Marshall dropped four straight buckets from beyond the arc, two from Knable and one each from Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (Houston, Texas) and Crystal Champion (Washington, D.C.), to end the first stanza with a 37-23 advantage.
Marshall surged to as much as a 28-point lead at the 13 minute mark of the second half after Knable’s final downtown bomb. The Bobcats, however, would not go away quietly, mounting a comeback that would draw them to within nine points, 65-56, with six minutes left in regulation. The stout Herd defense then took over and allowed only seven more Bobcat points the rest of the way to hold on for the win.
Herd freshman Teyonka Hodge (Washington, D.C.) delivered a 10-point, five-assist effort. Amy Smith (Ramstein, Germany) and Jameka White (Washington, D.C.) were Marshall’s other double-digit point producers with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick credits the Herd’s patience on offense and his star senior’s incredible showcase of talent for the win, his first over Ohio.
“We did a good job of attacking Ohio’s zone,” Chadwick said. “She (Knable) was a huge factor in our performance tonight. She was outstanding and did everything the team needed on both ends of the floor.”
Perhaps the biggest key of the game for the Herd was its dominance on the glass, out-muscling the Bobcats 54-32. In one second-half spurt, Marshall collected three straight offensive rebounds in one possession, culminating in a Knable jumper off a feed from Shepard-Hall.
After Knable’s brilliant effort versus OU, she was sure to spread credit to her teammates for the win.
“The guards did a good job of finding the post players and creating opportunities all over the floor,” she said. “We all came in ready to play hard and we felt that each possession was the most important possession.”
The Herd held OU’s leading scorer, Latreece Bagley, to only four points. Bobcat Andrea Gay was the catalyst of Ohio’s unsuccessful comeback effort, scoring all 13 of her points in the second half. Angel Hornsburger paced OU with 15 points.
Marshall will return home for a Wednesday night matchup with defending MAC champion Western Michigan at 7 p.m.
Notes: Redshirt freshman Modupe Ishola (Washington, D.C.) earned her first career start at Ohio. Ishola scored nine points with six rebounds in nine minutes and also fouled out…Freshman KaShawna Curry (Huntington, W.Va.) did not play as a result of an ankle injury suffered versus Kent State…Knable now stands at 772 career rebounds, fourth most in Marshall history and 37 behind Tammy Wiggins in third place (809)…Both teams entered the game with a 40.3 field goal percentage. MU finished 28-of-58 (48.3 percent) and OU shot at a 35.4 percent clip (23-of-65)…Sophomore Mary Pat Statler (New Cumberland, W.Va.) failed to connect on a 3-pointer for the first time in eight games (0-for-2).