45 minutes may be all that separate the two schools, but the separation on the basketball court Friday night could best be measured in dimensions. Like, different ones.
"I thought we'd be a little flat after the Wake Forest game," Marshall coach Royce Chadwick said. "It was a game of spurts. If you take away their (Morehead's) free throws, it wasn't much of a game at all."
Indeed. Morehead shot 24-of-38 from the free throw line during what seemed to be the world's longest women's basketball game.
Marshall shot out to a quick 6-0 lead, only to have Morehead chip away that lead. Behind the hot shooting of Catie Knable (10 points, 11 rebounds) and Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (12 ponts), The Herd gradually pulled away to a 49-30 lead at the end of the first half.
Modupe Ishola hauls down one of her 6 rebounds in the 84-61 win over Morehead State on Friday night at the Henderson Center.
Morehead State was dealt the fatal knockout blow at the 12 minute mark of the second half. Two forced turnovers led directly to 6 Marshall points in the span of just over 2 minutes. When the flurry was over, Marshall enjoyed a solid 25 point lead that it would push to as high as 29 points with 1:53 remaining.
"It's just good to know that everyone is coming to play every night," said senior Catie Knable. "We've got people who can come out and play."
"The more people that get into it, the more comfortable we get with each other," said guard Sikeetha Shepard-Hall. "And I think we're showing that."
In addition to Knable and Shepard-Hall, L'erin Scott (10 points, 6 assists) and Mary Pat Statler (10 points) also scored in double figures for Marshall. The Herd's suffocating, game-long full-court pressing forced 25 turnovers by Morehead State during the game. Marshall also blocked 8 Morehead shots on the night, led by Modupe Ishola with two blocks.
The hot shooting and pressure defense led to Marshall hitting 49.2% (32-of-65) from the field, while holding Morehead to only 32% (16-of-50). Kandi Brown and Megen Gearhart were the only two Eagles players in double figures, with 11 and 12 points respectively.
Marshall advances to a still-perfect 5-0 overall, the best start in the last 26 years for the program. Morehead drops to 1-3 overall with the loss. With final exams occuring next week, the Marshall women's team will enjoy an uncharacteristic 10 days off between now and when Austin Peay comes to the Henderson Center on December 15 for a 7pm game.