Nov. 23, 2009
ATHENS, Ohio - Following its first win of the season, the Thundering Herd women's basketball team will return to action Tuesday evening, traveling to Athens, Ohio to face off against Ohio University at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
Marshall comes into the game with a 1-2 mark after taking down Kent State by a score of 57-50 on Saturday afternoon. Ohio U. enters the game with an identical mark following a 70-58 win over George Washington on Sunday.
Tynikki Crook's 13-point, 7-rebound effort against the Golden Flashes led the Herd in both categories. The junior also registered three blocks, a game high.
The Herd trailed Saturday's game by six points, 33-27, at the half, but rallied in the second period, outscoring KSU 30-17 to grab the win. With the game knotted at 46-46 with 7:55 remaining, Marshall embarked on an 11-0 run to put the game out of
reach for the Golden Flashes.
Chantelle Handy marked the other double-digit scorer for MU, tallying 11. Junior Mystee Dale had her top effort of the young season. After struggling in the opening two games, shooting 0-10, Dale rebounded with eight points to go along with seven assists on Saturday.
The top difference for Marshall compared with its opening two games was its
shooting. After hitting just 26.6% of its shots through two games, the Herd improved to shoot 42.3% (22-52) against Kent State.
Another advantage for Marshall has been its propensity to take care of the ball.
The Herd is averaging just 12.7 turnovers through three games, the best three-game average in the Chadwick era at Marshall. While the offense has been taking care of the ball, the defense has made sure that the opposition has not. The Herd has forced the opposition into 66 turnovers, an average of 22 per contest.
The Bobcats enter Tuesday's game with a 1-2 mark. Da'Keisha Mann leads OU, averaging 11.7 PPG. Jennifer Bushby has averaged 11.3 PPG and leads the team with an average of 8.7 rebounds. Bushby led the way for OU last time out, registering 20 pionts and 12 boards, both game highs.
Marshall and Ohio U. have met 38 times in their histories with the Bobcats holding on to a 21-17 edge in the series. Last season, the teams met in Huntington as OU came away with a 67-53 victory.
Tuesday's game marks the first of six-straight games away from the Cam Henderson Center as the road trip continues with a trip to the Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Next Wednesday, the Herd will face off on the road at Cleveland State.