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The Thundering Herd resumes C-USA play against UCF

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- No. 9 West Virginia was too much for Marshall as the Thundering Herd fell to the Mountaineers 78-21 in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic on Wednesday night at the Charleston Civic Center.

The Thundering Herd drops to a 5-12 mark, while WVU improves to 18-1 on the season.

“WVU really has the complete package,” head coach Royce Chadwick said. “They took advantage of a whole lot of mismatches here tonight. None of us feel like we rose to the occasion here tonight”

With injuries continuing to plague the Herd, MU sent it its ninth different starting lineup of the season to take on a ranked WVU squad. However, the Mountaineers jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead before Adrian Randall hit a turnaround jumper in the paint to get MU on the board at the 13:46 mark.

West Virginia ended the half with an 11-0 run to take a 41-11 advantage into the break. WVU shot 62.5 percent shooting from behind the arc in the opening stanza and added an inside game from Ayana Dunning who came off the bench to score 10 first half points.

MU sent Randall and Tynikki Crook to the bench in the opening minutes of the second half due to foul trouble.

Taylor Palmer drained three-of-five from behind the three point line in the second half for nine of her 14 points on the night.

The Thundering Herd shot 15.0 percent in the final stanza and finished at 11.1 percent for the game.

Dunning finished with a game-high 16 points.

Randall grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds on the night to go along with five points, three blocks and one assist.

Crook snaps her double-digit scoring streak at 16 games.

“We have to get back into Conference USA play, we have to turn the page, we have to move on, we have to come out Sunday ready to play,” Chadwick continued.

The Thundering Herd resumes Conference USA action on Sunday when it travels to Orlando, Fla., to battle UCF. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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