Herd women hit road vs. BG
HUNTINGTON — Marshall University’s women’s basketball team had several days to assess and correct mistakes from a season-opening loss to Indiana State.
Now, the Thundering Herd (0-1) women are hoping to take those lessons to the court and apply them to get their first win of the season.
They will have to put those lessons together on the road in a 7 p.m. Tuesday game at Bowling Green (0-1), an old Mid-American Conference rival.
Bowling Green fell in its season-opener at Michigan State, 99-69. The Falcons were paced by 6-foot-1 wing Andrea Cecil, who hit a career-high of four 3-point shots in a 19-point, six-rebound performance. Freshman Morgan McMillen also showed herself to be a new piece to the equation that has to be reckoned with, netting 17 points in the win.
While Cecil and McMillen add a scoring dimension, the glue for the Falcons is senior guard Sydney Lambert, who has started all 90 games in her Bowling Green career. The senior point guard from Cincinnati was strong in the Michigan State loss, accounting for 14 points and five assists.
Especially with Lambert and Cecil, the Falcons have a veteran scoring presence, but adding McMillen to the mix offers a three-headed scoring threat that is a tough matchup for the Thundering Herd.
In the opener, Marshall’s defense was strong early on as Indiana State point guard Ashli O’Neal got into foul trouble, which took her off the court. However, in the second half, O’Neal penetrated the Marshall zone and get good looks for teammates, whether that came off of ball movement or backside offensive rebounds once a shot went up with the defense out of position.
After allowing just 25 points in the first two quarters Marshall’s defense gave up 27 in the third quarter, including a big run to open the second half that led the Sycamores into a lead they didn’t relinquish.
Marshall, forward Khadaijia Brooks returned to the lineup after injury last season and performed well with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Brooks finished 7-for-13 from the floor, but the rest of the team was just 10-for-46 combined. Shayna Gore had 12 points, but struggled in a 3-for-15 shooting performance and Kristen Mayo added 10 points with a pair of 3-pointers.
The matchup with Bowling Green is the first of two straight Marshall road games. The Herd’s next stop is a 3 p.m. Saturday game at Southern Illinois.
Marshall women’s basketball
MARSHALL (0-1) AT BOWLING GREEN (0-1)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Stroh Center, Bowling Green, Ohio