Shots fail to fall for MU women in defeat
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University shot slightly better than Marshall University and the Salukis won a women’s basketball game at home Saturday afternoon, 58-49.
SIU (2-1) hit just 35.2 percent of its field goal attempts and was 3 for 16 on 3-point shots. Marshall (0-3) made 33.9 percent overall and went just 3 for 21 from 3. The difference was at the foul line where the Salukis were 17 for 26 and the Thundering Herd was 8 for 14.
“We just couldn’t get some shots to drop for us today,” Marshall head coach Tony Kemper said in a HerdZone.com release. “We had some opportunities late, but just couldn’t get it to fall. We struggled from the free throw line as well and that is something we have to work on. But I liked our intensity and fight in the second half, so overall I feel like we can walk away from SIU with some positives.”
Taylor Pearson and Kristen Mayo both scored 10 for Marshall. Taylor Porter netted eight points — all coming in the second half — and grabbed eight rebounds. Shayna Gore scored five and Lorelei Roper also scored five. Pearson and Kia Silvis each snared six rebounds.
SIU’s double-figure scorers were Nicole Martin (17), Makenzie Silvey (12), Brittney Patrick (10) and Abby Brockmeyer (10). The 6-foot-1 Brockmeyer added 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.
The Salukis had a 17-13 lead after one quarter and were ahead at halftime 25-21.
Porter scored six in the third quarter when the Herd and Salukis played even.
Marshall pulled within 42-40 on Porter’s layup with 8:47 left to play before SIU stretched its advantage to 12 in the final minute.
The Herd’s next game is 1 p.m. Tuesday against Bluefield State in Cam Henderson Center on Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day.
BLUEFIELD STATE at MARSHALL
When: 1 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Cam Henderson Center, Huntington
Radio: WMUL 88.1-FM