"Our focus and intensity were better," MU coach Royce Chadwick said. "We learned that if we have better focus and intensity, we play much better."
And unlike the first exhibition game against WV Wesleyan last week, this time Marshall came out of the gate with a sharp, pressing defense and an assist-happy offense.
KaShawna Curry's jumper with 18:34 still left in the game shot The Herd out to a quick 7-0 run. Kentucky State fired back through the pressing MU defense to close things up at 10-8, however. 17 Kentucky State turnovers in the first half turned into a whopping 61-25 lead for Marshall at the half. Modupe Ishola and KaShawna Curry each had 9 points in the half, and MU had outrebounded the ThoroughBrettes by a 27-14 margin.
Modupe Ishola put up two of her 18 points against Kentucky State on Friday night
"We know we're a good rebounding team, but somebody had to step up," added Jameka White. "Tonight, we just said we're going to be the more-physical team."
The 36-point lead was extended to 51 points (84-33) when Kim Griffin took a pass from Mary Pat Statler and layed in the easy basket with 12:12 left in the game. Marshall forced another 19 Kentucky State turnovers in the second half, leading to frequent fast-break layups in the process.
Coach Royce Chadwick literally ran every offensive play and every defensive scheme in his playbook. Literally.
"We ran every defense we have, and every offense that we have," Chadwick added. "We don't have anything else we could have done."
Scoring in the 67-point exhibition win was spread across the roster. Curry lead all scorers with 21 points and 10 rebounds; Modupe Ishola (18), Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (15), Reshundra Smiley and Jameka White (both with 13 points, White also had 10 rebounds), and Michele Hagan (10) all scored in double figures for Marshall. The Herd forced 18 steals in the game, as well.
"For a young team like ours," Chadwick added, "we got a shot of confidence tonight."
Oddly enough, The Herd only made one-of-three from three-point range, scoring mainly inside the paint. MU shot 48.7% (38-of-78) from the field, and hit 36-of-50 free throws (72.0%).
Marshall now prepares for their opening contest in the first round of the Fifth Third Classic at the Henderson Center next weekend. MU will face Texas Pan-American on Friday night.