Marshall Brings Back Aces Winter Classic Title

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File Photo by Chris Spencer
File Photo by Chris Spencer

EVANSVILLE, IND.Marshall women’s basketball defeated Evansville Saturday afternoon 60-48 in the Aces Winter Classic championship game. The Herd went 2-0 on the weekend after defeating Chicago State the night before and mark a four game win streak.

Marshall improved their record to 5-2, while Evansville dropped to 2-6.

Alyse Poindexter was named tournament MVP after leading the team in points for the weekend with 28. During the Evansville game, the Henderson, Ky. native recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and recorded two blocks.

“Alyse had a great game last night and she backed it up today with a double-figure point total,” commented head coach Royce Chadwick on Poindexter.” She was a huge presence for us in the paint. It is really rewarding for her to be able to come play in front of her friends and family and be able to do the things that she was able to do tonight. It was like a dream come true.”

Jasmine Shaw led the Herd during the game in points with 15 after going 3-for-3 from behind the arc and finishing 5-for-6 from the field.

Erica Woods finished the game with her first double-double of the season after collecting a total of 11 points and 13 rebounds. The sophomore guard was named to the All-Tournament team following the game for her weekend performance.

Marshall’s defense posted 15 steals, compared to the Purple Aces three. Alaya Mitchell recorded five steals, while Victoria Wells earned three. Wells currently leads the team in steals with 19.

Evansville jumped to the early 6-0 lead in the opening minutes of the first half after the Purple Aces’ Meagan Collins grabbed two layups and added two from the free throw line.

The Herd earned its first lead of the half following a made free throw from Erica Woods at the 14:00 minute mark to go ahead 8-7. Woods totaled five points and eight rebounds in the first half.

Jasmine Shaw came into the game from the bench to add five points in the closing minutes of the first period. The sophomore guard went 2-for-2 in three-pointers for the first half and led the team in points with eight.

The Herd went into the locker rooms with a 10 point lead over Evansville, 27-17.

At the half, the Herd totaled eight steals, compared to Evansville’s zero. The Marshall defense had also kept the Purple Aces at bay from behind the arc, forcing them to go 0-for-5 and also made Evansville turn the ball over 12 times.

To start the second half, Wells opened the period with six points to extend Marshall’s lead to 35-19.

 A majority of Marshall’s second half points came from the free throw line. The Herd earned 16 of their 33 second half points from the stripe and went 80 percent from the free throw line.

The Herd maintained a double-digit lead for the entirety of the second period and closed out the game 60-48.

“I think it is great for a young team to go on the road and be able to win basketball games,” noted Chadwick.” It is even more special when you can go on the road and win a tournament. We have a lot of freshman, sophomores and first year players that really rose to the occasion.”

“We had a lot of adversity coming into the tournament,” continued Chadwick. “We didn’t have Shynisha Johnson, our leading scorer. We didn’t have Veronica Ruiz, who was our second leading scorer coming into the tournament and one our leading rebounders. We had other people step up and really have a good weekend and that is what a good team does.”

Marshall’s next game will be the “Jam the Cam” contest against Cincinnati this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET. The game will be offered through WMUL’s radio show at 88.1 or online at www.marshall.edu/wmul. The game is also available through LiveStats and LiveStream video, via www.herdzone.com.

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