Women Crush UB, 69-45, To Advance In MAC Tourney

Huntington, WV--"In the last couple games, we've played better basketball than we've played all year long," said MU coach Royce Chadwick. "You plan to play good basketball in March, and we are, and we're happy about where we are right now." Chadwick's squad put on a furious 12-0 second half run by Marshall effectively put away the Buffalo Bulls in first-round MAC tournament action at the Henderson Center in Marshall. The Herd cruised to an easy 69-45 win...

"I was very proud of the way we played defense, and that was the difference in the game. We did a good job of taking them out of the sets they wanted to run," Chadwick added.

A 36-24 halftime lead was extended early in the second half when Marshall forced five UB turnovers and scored 12 unanswered points as a result. That blew the game wide open at 48-24. The Marshall run continued to a 23-4 advantage when Sikeetha Shepard-Hall drove the lane at the 12:00 mark to up the MU lead to 59-26.

Buffalo (6-21, 4-12 MAC) committed 23 turnovers in the game, compared to Marshall's 13.

"I think they maybe thought we were the same team from early January, and we weren't," said Marshall guard Sikeetha Shepard-Hall. "We knew we had upped our game."

Marshall's Catie Knable became the second-leading rebounder in Marshall history against Buffalo on Saturday, surpassing the 891 rebound mark during the game.

And it only got worse for UB from there, as the Bulls did not cross the 30 point mark until 9:16 remained in the game.

Shepard-Hall was the only Marshall player in double figures, scoring 17 points and nabbing 5 steals. The wealth was spread around the Marshall team, with the MU bench chalking up 29 points. Only three of Marshall's 14 players did not score in the game.

"You don't have to look around to know that it's March, and that's Sikeetha's time. ," Chadwick described the output of the MU guard.

UB's Kim Kilpela accounted for the majority of the Bulls offense, scoring 20 of their 45 points.

"It's a great way to play your last game at Marshall, with a win," summed up departing senior Catie Knable. Knable moved in the number two spot on the all-time rebounding list at Marshall during the Buffalo win.

Marshall (17-11, 8-8 MAC) now advances to the second round of the MAC Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio and will face Kent State on Wednesday. Tip off at Gund Arena is set for 7:30pm.

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