Strong Second Half Not Enough as the Herd Fall to Ohio, 68-56

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HUNTINGTON, WV – After being down double-digits in the first half, the Marshall Women’s Basketball team fought back to trim the Ohio Bobcat lead to only four with 2:27 left in the game, but Ohio secured the win after earning eight straight points to run out the clock.

Marshall dropped to 1-2 for the season, while Ohio earned their first win with the victory and stand at 1-1 for the year.

Jasmine Shaw and Suporia Dickens led the Herd in points with ten each. Dickens earned eight of her points in the second half and finished the game 5-for-10 from the field.

Erica Woods finished with eight rebounds, while Veronica Ruiz added six (5 offensive) and Leandra King grabbed five boards.

On defense, Alyse Poindexter and King posted two blocked shots apiece, while six different players had a steal each.

Ohio had an aggressive start in the first half, jumping to a 23-9 lead in the first eight minutes. Marshall turned the tables and scored eight in row to close the gap and make the score 25-21.

The four point deficit was the closest the score would be in the first half as Ohio used 15 points off of Marshall turnovers to end first half to 42-30.

Going into the locker rooms, Marshall had shot 12-for-26, with a 46.2 percent field goal percentage and finished 50 percent from behind the arc, making three three-pointers.

The Bobcats continued to keep pressure on the Herd and kept the lead for the entirety of the second half. Marshall closed the gap in the final minutes of play, when Leandra King drained two free throws at the 2:27 mark to make the game 60-56.

Veronica earned the ball back in the ensuing possession after stealing the ball from Ohio’s Alesia Howard, but was unable to capitalize on the Bobcat turnover, missing the fast break lay-up. Marshall failed to make any following attempts either, and Ohio went on an 8-0 run to close out the game 68-56.

“We have to have a play-maker,” commented head coach Royce Chadwick on the missing factor in finishing the game.” We have to have a person on the team that everyone knows is your go-to girl. We don’t have that role identified yet on our team. I think we are still in transition with a lot of new faces and we are going to be able to find that girl and identify her as we go along. The cream will rise to the top, but we didn’t have that tonight.”

Marshall finished the game 23-for-64 from the field, with a 40 percent average. The Herd totaled three three-pointers and added seven from the foul-line.

Ohio was led by Porsha Harris with 14 points, while Shavon Robinson had 12 and Tenishia Benson earned 11 points.

The Thundering Herd will return to the court November 23 as they take on Morehead State at 2:00 p.m. ET in Morehead, Ky.

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