Mountaineers silence Thundering Herd women, 64-48
Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 00:12
Marshall University committed a season high 26 turnovers and fell to West Virginia University 64-48 in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic Tuesday night.
“It’s going to be an issue for us,” Head Coach Matt Daniel said about the turnovers. “I certainly appreciate our teams effort.”
West Virginia, ranked 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, jumped out early and never looked back as the Mountaineers led the entire contest in front of 2,606 fans inside the walls of Charleston Civic Center.
The first half consisted of a game of runs. The Mountaineers (5-2) held an early 14-2 lead after the first media timeout, but in a stretch of just over four minutes the Herd (4-4) closed the deficit to 16-13. Marshall would get it as close as 18-17 off a Leandra King layup.
“I am happy to see the fight in us,” Daniel said.
West Virginia would use a 17-6 run to end the half with a 35-23 lead.
“It’s a game of runs,” Daniel said.
West Virginia’s Bria Holmes knocked down a three-pointer to end the half and lead all scorers at intermission, with 13 points. At the half, Veronica Ruiz paced the Herd with six points and six rebounds.
The Mountaineers racked up 39 shot attempts in the half. To put in perspective, Marshall is averaging just over 51 attempts per game on the season.
The second half was a bit of a back and forth affair, with both teams exchanging baskets. Leandra King said that no matter the circumstance she never felt like her team could not come back and said she plays the same wherever the game is.
“My mindset is still the same, just go get a win,” King said.
Marshall was unable to build the comeback and ultimately fell 64-48 on its second worst shooting outing of the season at 35.3 percent. A shooting performance of 32.8 percent against Marquette was the worst outing of the season.
The Herd struggled from the free throw line, going 5-17.
“That was atrocious,” Daniel said.
King, voted Marshall’s player of the game, finished with a team leading ten points and chipped in with six rebounds. King said she plays her hardest against everyone she goes up against.
“Me personally, I feel like no one is better than anyone because if you do you beat yourself already,” King said.
West Virginia’s Crystal Leary finished the game with 12 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, all career highs.
Marshall will next play Southern Illinois Saturday at 1 p.m.
Jeremy Johnson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.