Marshall Women Bounce Bobcats, 86-63

Marshall continued one of the best starts in Thundering Herd history with a 23 point win at Ohio on Saturday, winning 86-63 at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio. Marshall improved to 10-3 on the season, the best a Marshall women's team has got out of the gate since 1990-91 when the then "Lady Herd" was also 10-3 to start the season.

Marshall improved to 2-1 in Mid-American Conference play, the first time since joining the MAC in 1997-98 that the Herd has had a winning league mark after three games. Senior forward Catie Knable, who scored 22 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to lead the Herd, led her team to the win against Ohio, Marshall's first win over the Bobcats in five games. Knable hit 8-of-10 shots, including 4-of-6 from three.

The effort led to Knable's sixth "double-double" of the season and the 19th of her career at Marshall, as the Herd's only four-year senior. She averages a "double-double" per game with 10.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Knable leads the MAC in rebounding and has helped Marshall to a plus 12.7 rebounding margin per game, number one in the league and number six in the nation.

Knable gave her teammates credit for the second MAC win in three attempts. "The guards did a good job of finding the post players and creating opportunities all over the floor," Knable said. "We all came in ready to play hard and we felt that each possession was the most important possession."

Marshall had 54 rebounds, with 22 on offense and 32 by the defense. That was 22 more than Ohio, who had only 32 rebounds total in the game, 17 on the offensive glass.

Knable just missed topping career highs, having scored 24 points against Morehead State last season and 21 rebounds as a sophomore against Bowling Green. Marshall had three other players score in double figures for the game, with senior Amy Smith scoring 13 points. MU got 10 points each from freshman point guard Teyonka Hodge and freshman forward Jameka White.

Marshall, now just 10-19 all-time against Ohio and 2-7 versus Bobcat head coach Lynn Bria (a former MU assistant coach), jumped out to a 6-0, then 11-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game and held Ohio without a field goal until the 12:27 mark of the first half. Ohio took its only lead of the game shortly after that with a 15-7 run to take a 19-18 lead with 5:29 left in the first half.

The Herd roared back, scoring 19 of the final 23 points in the half including two three-point goals by Knable and one each from sophomore Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (eight points, five rebounds and three assists) and freshman Crystal Champion. Marshall keep the hot shooting up coming out of the locker room to start the second half with a 21-7 run to blow the lead out to 28 points at the 13:05 mark on the clock.

Ohio made a 23-7 surge to cut the deficit to only nine points at 65-56 with six minutes left in the game, but Marshall got two quick baskets from freshman center Modupe Ishola, who scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds in her first-ever start, pushed MU to a 21-7 run to end the game.

Marshall made 24-36 free throws in the game, including sinking 14-of-20 in the last five minutes of the game as Ohio made the Herd earn the win at the foul line. The Herd also had one of its best shooting games after shooting below 37 percent from the floor in four of the last five games, including losses to Mississippi and at Ball State. Marshall hit on 48 percent of its shots, 28-of-58 for the game, and was 43 percent from three, 6-of-14 and 5-of-10 in the first half.

Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick, who got his first win against Ohio, credits the Herd's patience on offense and his senior's talent for the win. "We did a good job of attacking Ohio's zone," Chadwick said. "(Knable) was a huge factor in our performance tonight. She was outstanding and did everything the team needed on both ends of the floor."

Marshall held the Bobcats to a 23-of-65 shooting night (35.4%) and Ohio's leading scorer coming in was Latreece Bagley who only scored four in the game against her average of 16 per game. Ohio did hit for 7-of-15 threes, including a 3-of-4 night from freshman Angel Hornsburger, who scored 15 points off the bench. Guard Andrea Gay added 13 for the Bobcats on 6-of-9 shooting, but Ohio dropped to 6-6 for the season and 0-1 in MAC play.

Marshall will return to MAC play on Wednesday, January 14, when the Herd will host the Broncos of Western Michigan at the Cam Henderson Center at 7:00 p.m. It will be the first home game for MU in front of a crowd that includes the Marshall student body, which starts back to class Monday, the 12th, since a Herd victory on December 5th over Morehead State, and just the fourth game students have been in session for the entire season. Tickets are $2 for children, $4 for adults and MU students are free with their student ID card. For ticket information, call 696-4373 or 1-800-943-4373.

Best Marshall Starts
Start Year Final
20-0 1971-72 21-1 WV State Champions/AIAW Midwest Regional
10-0 1970-71 13-4 National Invitational Women's Tournament
7-0 1969-70 7-0 WV State Champion
5-0 2003-04 (XX)

After 13 Games
11-2 1986-87 24-5 Southern Conference Regular Season Champions
10-3 1990-91 20-8
10-3 2003-04 (XX)
9-4 1979-80 20-12 AIAW Midwest Regional
9-4 1974-75 14-8 WV State Champions/ AIAW Midwest Regional


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