"We could have started out better than we did," said Marshall center Modupe Ishola. "We tried to pick ourselves up, but we gave up too many shots."
Eastern Michigan's 2-3 zone defense gave Marshall fits from the opening tip. EMU shot out to a 22-11 lead with 7:20 left, behind a pair of three-pointers by Canea Williams. Williams had a stellar game against Marshall, hitting 5-of-9 threes an finishing with a team-high 18 points.
Marshall center Modupe Ishola pulled down a rebound against Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Ishola was the only MU player to score in double figures.
"They did a good job of screening for her, getting her some looks," added Chadwick. "She's a good player, with a good cast around her."
Eastern doubled Marshall's scoring output in the first half, and took a 32-16 lead into the locker rooms.
In the second half, Marshall turned to defense since the offensive output (The Herd shot just 21.7% in the first half) wasn't there. "It's really hard to play defense all night long, and that's what we ended up doing," added Chadwick. "It's a reoccuring situation where we need more camaraderie to pull us through the down times."
Eastern extended the lead to as many as 25 points on three occasions in the second half, mainly behind more threes from Williams.
Marshall shot 30.8% (16-of-52) for the game, compared to EMU's 39% (23-of-59), including hitting 11-of-27 from three point range. Modupe Ishola was the only Marshall player in double figures, with the freshman hitting for 16 points. Sikeetha Shepard-Hall scored 9 points.
"We have a lot of things to work out, and we've got to work them out by Tuesday," summed up Chadwick.
The Herd now has a 12-8 overall record, and is 4-5 in MAC play. Eastern improves to a 14-6 overall record, and is now 7-3 in the MAC.