MU Women Net 67-Point Exhibition Win Over Kentucky State
Sophomore KaShawna Curry scored 21 points with 10 rebounds Friday versus Kentucky State.
Photo by Matt Riley
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall used a 64-30 rebound advantage and double-doubles from KaShawna Curry (Huntington, W.Va.) and Jameka White (Washington, D.C.) to end its women’s basketball exhibition schedule with a 113-46 win over Kentucky State on Friday at the Cam Henderson Center.
Curry led all scorers with 21 points, going 8-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. She and fellow sophomore forward White each posted 10 rebounds. White reached double-digits in points with 13 in only 14 total minutes played.
The foul-plagued contest (36 by KSU, 26 by MU) was never in doubt for the Thundering Herd (2-0 preseason) as it jumped out to a 7-0 lead and eventually a 61-25 edge at halftime. White was 3-for-3 in the first half and freshman guard Teyonka Hodge (Washington, D.C.) tallied four steals in the opening stanza.
Hodge finished with seven steals, six assists and five points.
Marshall forced the Thorobrettes into 36 turnovers and a 24.1 percent shooting clip for the game. The Herd, however, wasn’t much sharper with 17 turnovers and a 48.7 percent shooting mark.
“We need to know and find out more about ourselves at this point than we do our (preseason) opponents,” Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said. “We’ve got a lot of young players that are trying to find the right chemistry. Hopefully we’ll be right come March.”
Herd sophomore center Modupe Ishola (Washington, D.C.) scored 18 points in 18 minutes off the bench, coupled with nine rebounds. Junior guard Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (Houston, Texas) netted 15 points with five assists and four rebounds.
The Herd’s dominance on the boards was a focal point for the team entering the game.
“The post players all took initiative to hit the boards hard and to be the more physical team,” White said.
“This team is going to be a good rebounding team because they have a nose for the basketball,” Chadwick added.
KSU’s Ashantye Jones led the Thorobrettes’ scoring attack with 15 points. Tashawna Adams added 12 points.
Marshall’s next game comes Friday in the opening round of the Fifth Third MU Classic at the Henderson Center versus Texas-Pan American. UNC Asheville will battle Lehigh at 5 p.m., with the Marshall-UTPA game tipping off approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first contest.