Free Throws Doom Herd In 78-70 Miami Loss

"We had too many missed assignments tonight that gave up field goals," said Marshall women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick, "and a good team like Miami will find what you give them." Miami found what Marshall was giving, and walked out of the Henderson Center Tuesday evening with a 78-70 win...

Miami hit a perfect 15-of-15 free throws during the first half to gain a 44-31 lead on Marshall at the half. Otherwise, The Herd and RedHawks hit the same number of baskets (13) in the half, and played pretty much even.

"I thought the difference in the first half was the free throw line," Chadwick added. "They [Miami] were able to get to the free throw line, and knocked down every opportunity."

Miami's Kim Lancaster had a banner night against Marshall, hitting 13 points in the first half on 5-of-8 shooting, and finishing the game with 25 points to lead all scorers.

Modupe Ishola looked for room around Miami's Melanie Kozlowski. Ishola scored 10 points in the 78-70 loss.

"She was kind of hitting everything," said MU's Modupe Ishola of Lancaster's hot shooting. "She's a pretty good finesse post player, and she was knocking them down."

In the second half, Miami extended the lead to as many as 17 points (56-39). Marshall used constant full-court pressure to force 10 Miami turnovers, which helped The Herd whittle down the lead to only four points, at 68-64 with 2:26 remaining.

Freshman Modupe Ishola did the most damage against Miami in the second half, hitting 3-of-3 from the field in only 9 minutes of action in the second half.

Miami hit 8 of their final 10 free throws to thwart the Marshall comeback, however, and left Huntington with a 78-70 win.

Marshall was led in scoring by senior Catie Knable with 10 points, plus Ishola's 10. The duo were the only two Herd players in double figures, compared to Miami's four double-digit scorers (Lancaster with 25, Amanda Jackson with 17, Cindi Merrill with 10, and Melanie Kozlowski scored 16 points).

With the loss, Marshall stands at 11-7 overall and 3-4 in the MAC. Miami extends their east lead with an 11-6 overall record and 5-1 in the MAC.

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