Marshall held an edge in every statistical total: they shot 41 percent and held the Bears to 23 percent; they dominated the boards 58-to-31, including a 26-to-9 edge on the offensive end; they had only 15 turnovers to Morgan State's 36; and Marshall had an edge in points in the paint (36-12), points off turnovers (35-6), second chance points (23-0) and fast break points (10-6). Only blocks, which Morgan State had a 6-to-2 edge, went the Bears way.
"We came out with a lot of electricity tonight," Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said. "A lot of that had to do with the good crowd that we had tonight. If you paid the $5 to get in here and watch this team, you got your money's worth."
Marshall was led in scoring by St. John's University transfer Mary Pat Statler, who scored 14 points in her first game with the Herd. "It was my first live game in over a year, so I just tried to stay focused on what we had to do," said Statler, who is a red-shirt sophomore in eligibility. "We communicated really well tonight which helped our transition game a lot."
Nadia Swanigan, one of only six players who returned from the 2002-03 season, had 11 points. Amy Smith and Catie Knable, who along with Swanigan are the only seniors on the squad, led the team with eight rebounds each. Sikeetha Shepard-Hall, last year's All-Mid-American Conference All-Freshman team member, scored eight points and added four assists and three steals.
Morgan State will play Murray State in the consolation game on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Marshall and High Point, who won by 11 points over the Racers of Murray, will play the Fifth-Third Class Championship game beginning at 3:30 p.m. The games can be heard on WMUL, 88.1 FM, with Robert Harper. Tickets are $5.00 for the double-header.