Marshall Women Gun Down Lehigh 68-55

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Marshall senior Catie Knable (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) set game-highs with 22 points and 11 rebounds to record her fourth double-double of the season in leading the Thundering Herd women's basketball team to program win No. 450 in a 68-55 victory over the host Mountain Hawks in the semifinals of the seventh annual Lehigh University Christmas City Classic on Tuesday at Stabler Arena.

Knable scored 15 first-half points thanks to a 5-of-6 shooting (3-of-3 three-point field goals) performance. The preseason all-Mid-American Conference East Division selection also posted five steals, two blocks and an assist to guide Marshall (8-1) to its third straight win in its first ever meeting with Lehigh (1-8). Sophomore guard Mary Pat Statler (New Cumberland, W.Va.) was also 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, all in the first half, to finish with a Marshall career-tying 14 points.

Marshall's 45.1 percent shooting from the floor was a season-high, including a 9-of-14 effort from downtown.

The Herd, entering the game with a +14.8 rebounding margin, were held to a season-low 34 rebounds to the Mountain Hawks' 28 boards. Seven of Knable's 11 rebounds were offensive, including two boards with under three minutes remaining on missed Herd free throws.

"Catie was a mainstay all night long," Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said, "she played excellent tonight."

Knable now has 725 career rebounds, moving into fifth place on the Herd all-time list.

"We thought this would be a difficult game and we knew we had to stop them from playing their halfcourt, smash-mouth basketball, and I thought we did that," Chadwick said.

Marshall collected 13 steals, five for freshman Teyonka Hodge (Washington, D.C.), and scored 27 points off Lehigh turnovers. Hodge poured in 11 points with four assists.

Lehigh never led in the game in which its bench notched 22 points to the Herd's eight. Junior Jessica DePalo led the Mountain Hawks with 18 points and five rebounds.

Statler and junior Kim Griffin (Valdosta, Ga.) made their first career starts for the Herd. Griffin finished with nine points.

The Herd will get a short rest before concluding the Christmas City Classic on Wednesday versus Ole Miss out of the Southeastern Conference. The championship game will start at 3:30 p.m. following the consolation game pitting Lehigh against Mt. St. Mary's. The Lady Rebels dumped the Mount 81-64 earlier in the day.

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