"We never really got in a flow, except for in the second half, for about 4 minutes," Marshall coach Royce Chadwick said afterward. "Our pressure changed things in that little stretch, and it helped our team get going."
The first half was just better off forgotten. Marshall shot out to an 11-point lead with 4:35 left in the first half on a KaShawna Curry layup, only to watch that lead dissipate to 32-27 at the half. Wesleyan got a solid 13-point first half performance from Frances Carvajal, who shot 5-of-10 from the field.
"She did a lot of good things," Chadwick said of Carvajal. "We struggled."
Marshall forward KaShawna Curry tried to control a loose ball during the second half of the 69-55 exhibition win over WV Wesleyan.
The Herd utilized a full-court pressing defense most of the second half, forcing 11 Wesleyan turnovers in the process. MU guard Sikeetha Shepard-Hall lead the way for Marshall with 22 points, while Curry added 10 of her own.
With 7:27 remaining, Wesleyan's Crystal Johnson cut the MU lead to only four at 53-49. Marshall responded two minutes later with consecutive baskets by Curry, Michele Hagan, and Mary Pat Statler. Shepard-Hall added a layup with 3:31 left to pull Marshall out for good, at 63-50.
"We turned it on in the second half, but it wasn't as perfect as it should have been," Shepard-Hall added.
Marshall shot 44.6% (29-of-65) in the game, while holding Wesleyan to 36.4% (20-of-55). 12 of Shepard-Hall's 22 points came on four three-pointers. Marshall also outrebounded Wesleyan by a 42 to 34 margin, while forcing 26 Wesleyan turnovers.
"There were just so many little things that we didn't do," Chadwick summed up. "We've got a toss-up for playing time at a lot of positions. We've never been locked into a starting lineup in November, so there's an opportunity for someone to step up and play."
The second and final exhibition game for Chadwick's squad is set for Friday, November 12 at 7pm in the Henderson Center, against Kentucky State.