Hodge Leads Herd Women to Thrilling One-Point Win Over Ohio
Teyonka Hodge drives past Ohio's Simone Redd to give Marshall its decisive one-point lead, 88-87, with 10 seconds left on Tuesday.
Photo by Matt Riley
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After trailing for nearly 22 straight minutes entering the late stages of the second half, the Marshall women’s basketball team fought past the Ohio Bobcats, 88-87, in Mid-American Conference action Tuesday at the Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall (8-7, 2-2 MAC) trailed by as many as nine points in the second half before sophomore Teyonka Hodge (Washington, D.C.) took control of the game. The newly crowned MAC East Player of the Week scored all 16 of her points in the second stanza, including the game-winning layup with 10 seconds remaining.
Ohio (7-9, 3-2 MAC) took a one-point lead, 87-86, on two Kristian Kirkpatrick free throws with :29 on the clock before Hodge’s late dramatics.
It was a surprise to nobody that the hot-handed Hodge would take the final shot. She drove down the right hand side of the lane and threw up a runner off the glass to propel Marshall to its third straight win.
“My mindset was to keep going to the basket hard,” Hodge said. “My job is to penetrate and try to draw the foul.”
The Bobcats had a chance for the win, but Hodge tipped the ball away from Ohio guard Angel Hornsburger as she tried to set up a shot. Crystal Champion (Washington, D.C.) knocked the ball further away from Hornsburger as time expired.
Hodge made it to the free-throw line seven times, converting six. She added three assists and two steals in 28 minutes off the bench.
“Teyonka was huge down the stretch, she created a lot on our fast break,” Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said. “These two teams were playing for an awful lot.
“It was a great game between two very athletic teams.”
Ohio took a 42-38 lead into halftime, thanks in part to a 35-plus foot shot at the buzzer from freshman Simone Redd. The Herd led by eight points at the 10 minute mark, but could not keep the Bobcats at bay. Ohio rattled off eight straight points to knot the game at 27-27. Even with two 13-point scorers in the first half in MU’s Kim Griffin (Valdosta, Ga.) and Reshundra Smiley (Modesto, Calif.), the Herd trailed at halftime for the second straight game, but each time managed to pull out the win.
Smiley scored a game- and career-high 19 points with three steals. Griffin finished with 15 points (tied career-high), Champion with 13 points plus 11 from junior Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (Houston, Texas).
Champion added 10 rebounds for her team-leading fourth double-double of the season.
Ohio also had five players reach double-digits in points. Redd scored 16 points to go along with 14 from Kirkpatrick, 12 apiece from Quintana Ward and Ciara Iglehart and 10 points from Erin Isbell.
MU's win was its third straight over the Bobcats. Ohio out-rebounded Marshall, 38-36, marking the first time this season the Herd won a game when it did not win the rebound battle.
Marshall’s one-point win was its first since a 67-66 win at Davidson on Feb. 22, 1997.
Marshall returns to the road to face the Buffalo Bulls on Saturday at 1 p.m. from Alumni Arena.