MU Women Play Tough, Beat Morehead St. 81-61

HUNTINGTON-- Sometimes, tough love is needed. Marshall women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick used some tough love this week following his squad's recent 0-2 weekend. The result of the tougher-than-usual practices? A solid 81-61 win over I-64 opponent Morehead State at the Henderson Center on Wednesday evening...

"We've put our players through some intensive workouts," Chadwick said of the sessions following last weekend's losses to Robert Morris and Binghamton. "We paid a lot of dues in practice time to bond together and become a unit."

That unit showed its mettle against Morehead State, fending off a late-game rally by the Eagles by increasing team intensity and, in general, playing better as the game went on.

Marshall took a 43-30 halftime lead behind the 12 points and 9 rebounds of Modupe Ishola. The 6-2 sophomore center noted that Chadwick's intense practices earlier in the week played right into her hands.

"Those hard practices just helped me even more," Ishola said after the Morehead State game. "I'm very aggressive."

KaShawna Curry put up two of her 12 points over Morehead State's TaNeisha Johnson (21) on Wednesday evening.

Ishola's aggresiveness continued in the second half, evidenced by a stat line that reads 19 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Morehead's Shermeca Johnson scored on a layup with 8:18 left in the game to cut the Eagles' lead to just 10, at 58-48, ending a 7-0 run. Marshall responded with increased aggressiveness over the next five minutes. Mary Pat Statler scored 6 of her 14 points during that run, aided by four Morehead turnovers forced by Marshall. The Herd pushed their lead back out to an even 20 points, 74-54, with 2:48 left.

"I'm a shooter," Statler said of her emerging from a recent shooting slump. "You shoot yourself out of a slump."

In addition to Ishola's 19 and Statler's 14 points, Marshall also placed KaShawna Curry (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (10 points) in double figures. Point guard Teyonka Hodge dished out 10 assists and made 6 steals of the Eagles.

"You never know where you're going to get it on the offensive end, with this team," Chadwick summed up. "[But] we played smarter defense than we have been playing. You have to play smart."

Marshall is now 3-2 on the season, and will now take an 11 day break for final exams before hosting the University of Kentucky Wildcats for Jam The Cam on Sunday, December 12 at 2pm in the Henderson Center. Morehead dropped to 0-4 with the loss.

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