Miami received solid performances from Colleen Day (21 points) and Cindi Merrill (19 points) to run away from Marshall at Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio, on Wednesday. Miami (15-6, 9-1 Mid-American Conference) dropped Marshall (12-9, 4-6 MAC) for the RedHawks seventh straight win, tying the Miami mark for consecutive wins under RedHawks head coach Maria Fantanarosa.
"We didn't play exceptionally well and they are a good team," said Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick in the post-game press conference. "They did an excellent job of taking away our open looks and they put points on the board."
Marshall found itself down by as many as 19 points 13 minutes into the first half, thanks in part to 12 turnovers by that point of the game. Chadwick's squad battled back on a 16-7 run to enter half time down by 10 points, at 39-29.
Miami came out on fire in the second half (19-4 run) and stretched the lead out to as much as 29 points as Marshall scored only four points in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Marshall point guard Teyonka Hodge led the Herd with 4-of-5 shooting and 11 points and L'Erin Scott came off the bench to score nine points on 3-for-3 shooting, including 2-of-2 from three.
Forward Catie Knable scored nine points and the Herd's lone four-year senior has now has scored 800 in her career. The native of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, is now only one of four players in Marshall women's basketball history (1970-2004) to have at least 800 points (needing 75 more points to tie Jenny Leavitt for 25th all-time at 875 points) and over 800 rebounds. Her 832 boards are third all-time at MU and she trails the number two rebounder in Marshall history, Karen Pelphrey, by just 59 rebounds. Center Modupe Ishola led Marshall in rebounding with seven and added six points while forward Kim Griffin had seven points.
Miami forward Kim Lancaster was limited to only seven points, after scoring a season-high 25 points on Marshall in the last meeting, and hit only 3-of-10. For the game, the RedHawks shot only 36.2 percent (25-69), well under their average of 43.5 percent. Marshall, unfortunately, was even worse from the field as the Herd hit on only 20-of-63 shots (31.5 percent), with Marshall's second leading scorer at 10 points per game in the person of Sikeetha Shepard-Hall, making only one of 13 attempts in the game and scoring just three points.
Miami is 8-1 at Millett Hall this season and leads the all-time series with Marshall, 15-2. The Herd will return to action on Saturday when they visit the Rockets of Toledo for a 4:30 p.m. tip-off and the game can be heard on Marshall University's student radio station, WMUL 88.1 FM, with Kindred Communications' own Robert Harper calling the play-by-play.