Big Second-Half Lifts Herd Women to 71-43 Win Over Elon
MU and Maryland to Tangle in Terrapin Classic Championship on Thursday
Game Notes Vs. Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. ? Marshall?s 14-2 run to start the second half invited a 71-43 rout of Elon in women?s basketball action Wednesday in day one of the University of Maryland?s Terrapin Classic at the Comcast Center. The Thundering Herd will take on the host Terps in the championship game at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Marshall (5-4) held Elon (1-8) to 19 second-half points while pouring in 42 points of its own. Senior Kim Griffin (Valdosta, Ga.) went 5-for-6 from the floor in the Herd?s big second half, scoring all 10 of her points in the second stanza. After committing 15 turnovers in the first half, Marshall turned the ball over only four times in the second. Elon tallied 27 turnovers for the game.
Junior Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (Houston, Texas) scored a game-high 15 points (5-of-9) to go along with six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Griffin and Shepard-Hall were joined in double-figures by Modupe Ishola (Washington, D.C.) and KaShawna Curry (Huntington, W.Va.) with 10 apiece.
?We were really rusty in the first 20 minutes,? Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said, ?but we were able to shake it in the second half.?
A Robyn Shipley 3-pointer with four ticks on the clock closed Elon?s deficit to only five points, 29-24, at the half. The Herd led by as many as 14 points with five minutes remaining, but the Phoenix hung around long enough to make Chadwick concerned at the break.
?We drew up some special plays for Teyonka (Hodge) and she had a big second half,? Chadwick said. ?As your point guard goes, so goes your team, so we were happy that she and L?erin (Scott) played better (in the second half).?
Hodge, a Washington, D.C., native, dished out a game-high five assists with four points and two steals. Scott tallied two assists in 16 minutes off the bench while Curry led the Herd rebound attack, pulling down eight caroms to give MU a 47-35 edge.
Of Elon?s 43 points, which tied a Marshall opponent low for points this season, only eight came from non-freshmen. The young Phoenix squad found it difficult to find the bucket, tying its worst field goal percentage in a game this year with a 28.3 percent success rate. EU was out-scored in the paint 38-12 and allowed 28 points off turnovers.
Elon's Shashonna Moore paced the Phoenix with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Herd overcame its worst free throw shooting game of the season, converting only 44.4 percent of its charity stripe tosses (12-of-27).
Marshall and Maryland will face each other for the first time in history. The No. 17-ranked Terrapins (9-1) and Herd are set to tip-off at 7 p.m. in the tournament?s championship contest. Maryland defeated Massachusetts 67-63 in Wednesday?s nightcap. UMass will face Elon at 5 p.m.
Thursday's game can be heard live on WMUL 88.1-FM or on the web at www.marshall.edu/wmul.