Herd women host Cleveland State
HUNTINGTON — On paper, the Marshall University women’s basketball team lost Tuesday by 18 at the University of Wisconsin.
In reality, it might have been one of the Thundering Herd’s best performances this season.
Marshall’s defense, which has been an issue at times, was extremely strong against the Big Ten Conference foe in the early going and until the midpart of the fourth quarter when the Badgers pulled away for a 67-49 victory.
The Herd (3-5) plays host to Cleveland State (3-6) at about 5 p.m. Saturday in Cam Henderson Center. The game is the second part of a men’s-women’s doubleheader. Toledo visits Marshall for a men’s game at 2:30 p.m.
The 18-point margin against the Badgers was a bit misleading, as the game was a seven-point affair with just 7:30 left. However, cold shooting from inside the 3-point line plagued Marshall, which had just one field goal from 2-point range in the second half.
Marshall missed some shots from close to the goal that would have cut the lead after Wisconsin made a run to essentially take control.
In the third quarter, the Herd missed a pair of layups and Wisconsin capitalized on the other end, swinging momentum at key points of the game.
The Herd’s rebounding was a big problem against the Badgers. Wisconsin had more rebounds than points in a 68-42 advantage on the backboards and turned 31 offensive rebounds into 21 second-chance points.
Marshall averages 62.4 points and allows 64.4 per game. Guards Shayna Gore (5-foot-8 senior) and Kristen Mayo (5-5 sophomore) are the leading scorers with 16.2 and 10.6 averages respectively. Khadaijia Brooks scores 8.2 points and collects 5.6 rebounds. Taylor Porter averages 7.4 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Cleveland State has lost four in a row and is 0-4 away from home. The Vikings produce 72.4 points give up 70 a game. Junior guards Jade Ely (15.7) and Mariah Miller (15.6) are the top scorers. The 6-foot Miller gets 6.6 rebounds a game. Savannah Crockett, a 6-foot freshman post player, averages nearly a double-double with 11.5 points and 9.8 rebounds.
CLEVELAND ST. (3-6) at MARSHALL (3-5)
When: 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Cam Henderson Center, Huntington
Radio: WMUL 88.1-FM