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Herd Falls to Eastern Kentucky, 64-55
With the loss, the Thundering Herd fell to 2-4, while EKU improved to 4-5, overall.
“I didn’t like our approach to mistakes we made,” Marshall coach Matt Daniel said. “I don’t think we used them to fuel ourselves. I think we just brushed them off, and we have to be a lot better than that. We have to be more competitive than that. Ultimately, that’s on me.”
The score was tied four times in the first seven minutes of play, but at the 13:07 mark, the Herd kicked off a four-minute, 14-to-2 run to go up, 23-11, with 7:54 to go. Juniors AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) and Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) led the way for Marshall in the first half, each contributing eight points. The Herd led by as many as 13 during the first 20 minutes, with a 25-12 advantage at the 6:28 mark. Despite Marshall’s double-digit lead, the Colonels responded with a 9-to-2 run of their own to bring the score to 27-21 with 2:25 before the half.
At the midway point, Marshall led by eight points with the score at 31-23, but EKU opened the second half on a 10-to-2 run to tie it all at 33 apiece with 15:49 left to play. The teams would trade leads twice more before knotting the score at 45 with 7:03 remaining, however, the Herd would not lead again. Marshall came within one point, down, 52-51, with 3:53 to go, but could not eclipse the gap. Led by Marie Carpenter’s 29 points, the Colonels came out on top, 64-55.
Junior Leah Scott (Detroit) finished with a team-best 16 points, her fifth double-digit performance in six games. Ezeigbo finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, seven of which were offensive. Despite the loss, Marshall topped the Colonels in second-chance points (14-2) and bench points (21-11).
Next, Marshall will host Davis & Elkins, Saturday, at 1 p.m. for the Herd’s fifth consecutive game at Cam Henderson Center. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.