Women Finish Regular Season With Easy 67-52 Win

"That's my type of game," said Marshall guard Teyonka Hodge. Hodge led a second half defensive flurry by Marshall that put the Akron Zips on the trailer tonight, 67-52. The Herd celebrated Senior Night in the finest way possible: by notching a momentum-inducing win as a home MAC tournament game looms on Saturday...

"We didn't get it going until about 10 minutes left in the second half," said Marshall coach Royce Chadwick afterwards. "We wore them down. It's March, and people are tired and a lot of people don't have the depth that we have."

After a 25-22 halftime lead, Chadwick's team did indeed wear the Zips (7-20, 2-14 MAC) down in the second half. The Marshall bench combined for 21 second half points.

With 8:17 remaining, Marshall began the onslaught with a comfortable 11-point lead, at 48-37. In the span of two minutes, The Herd had forced five Akron turnovers and converted them into points on the scoreboard. Sikeetha Shepard-Hall drained a three-pointer, stole the ball from Akron's Krissy Marco, and got the lay-in to give Marshall a 55-38 lead at the 5:26 mark.

Teyonka Hodge picked off this pass from Akron's Lori Krezeczowski in the second half.

Shepard-Hall's steal was but one of four for her on the night, of 12 total by The Herd.

"I'm just shooting the ball like I've been told.," Shepard-Hall said. "I think the team needs me to shoot the ball, and I'm doing that."

"The younger players stepped up and did a tremendous job, got us on a little run," commented Marshall forward Catie Knable.

The biggest lead of the game (20 points) came with 2:48 left on Nadia Swanigan's layup. Akron hit late baskets to close the gap to the final 67-52 score.

Shepard-Hall led Marshall in scoring again, with 17 points. Knable and Mary Pat Statler each added 11 points (Knable also grabbed 10 rebounds for the double-double), while Modupe Ishola scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for another double-double.

Akron's Jae Conn led the Zips with 20 points, while Jessie Crooks had 12 points.

The win gives Marshall (16-11, 8-8 MAC) momentum heading into this Saturday afternoon's first-round MAC Tournament game at the Henderson Center. Depending on the outcome of games held late on Thursday, Marshall will be either the #6 or #7 seed in the tournament. Game time on Saturday is set for 1pm at the Henderson Center.

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