Marshall used a combination of freshman Modupe Ishola and senior Catie Knable in limiting KSU's 6-6 center Andrea Csaszar to only 5 points in the game.
"It was just her (Ishola) presence," added Chadwick. "She played hard on both ends of the floor." Ishola finished the game with 7 points, 6 rebounds, and two blocks in 24 minutes of action.
Modupe Ishola looked for room around Kent State's Lindsay Shearer in MU's 56-51 win.
Kent State had a 31-27 lead at the half, but could never pull away from Marshall by any more than five points. In the second half, The Herd shot out to a six point lead at 41-35, but KSU went on an 8-0 run to go ahead at 43-41.
Kent State tied the game once again with 2:56 left in the game, but Sikeetha Shepard-Hall's three pointer with 1:23 proved to be the knockout punch that KSU never saw coming.
"That was two heavyweights going to-to-toe," quipped Chadwick of the slow-paced physical game. "We got the ball in the paint and our players did the right things with it."
Behind Ishola and Knable, Marshall out-rebounded Kent State by a whopping 49-31 margin, including 18 offense rebounds by Marshall. Sikeetha Shepard-Hall led Marshall in scoring with 13 points, with Ishola, KaShawna Curry, and Teyonka Hodge each hitting for 7 points each. Mary Pat Statler hit for 8 points, while Knable was off her normal pace with just 4 points, but did grab 9 rebounds.
Kent State All-MAC selection Andrea Csaszar was held to only 5 points, well off her 14.2 ppg scoring pace this season.
"Our responsibility was to beat her (Csaszar) up," said Marshall's Modupe Ishola, "and keep her out of the paint."
Marshall is now 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the MAC, while Kent State drops to 7-5 overall and 0-1 in the conference. Marshall next plays on Saturday afternoon at 3pm, facing the Ohio Bobcats at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio.