8 In A Row For Women With 76-63 Win Over Miami

Oxford, Ohio— The Marshall women's basketball team finally solved Miami with a 76-63 win on Saturday at Millett Hall to snap a 15-game losing streak to the RedHawks. Marshall junior guard Sikeetha Shepard-Hall led all scorers with 19 points, 15 in the second half, and tallied her 1,000th career point in the process. She added eight rebounds and three steals to guide Marshall (13-7, 7-2 MAC) to its longest win streak (8 in a row) since the 1986-87 season...

Thundering Herd sophomore forward Crystal Champion posted her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, joined by center Modupe Ishola with 10 boards. The sophomore added nine points, two assists and a steal. Sophomore forward KaShawna Curry set a new career-high by blocking four RedHawk shots to go along with five rebounds.

Guards Reshundra Smiley and Kim Griffin each added 11 points for Marshall.

The Herd held Miami (9-11, 3-6 MAC) to only 30.0 percent shooting from the floor, its second lowest mark of the season. Senior Cindi Merrill, who was averaging 16.9 points per game, scored only 12 points to lead the RedHawks.

Marshall set a running, up-and-down tempo to the game and controlled play off the glass, 48-35, although Miami recorded 20 offensive rebounds. The Herd finished the game shooting 43.9 percent from the field and converted a season-high 76.9 percent of its free throws (30-for-39).

The Herd began the second half with its track shoes on, running to an 11-2 start before Merrill layed in a ball while being fouled.

The Herd led by double-digits for virtually the entire second half. Marshall's lead was not in jeopardy, although sloppy play by the Herd resulted in 19 turnovers to Miami's 12.

Miami jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Herd settled to score the next six, including a Smiley three. Smiley quickly added another 3-pointer at the 14:48 mark. Ishola scored four straight Herd points from the free-throw line with under five minutes remaining to help Marshall build a 37-29 halftime lead.

Miami grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the first half, four by Kim Smith, to convert seven second chance points. The RedHawks shot only 29.7 percent in the first half (11-for-37), while the Herd made 50 percent of its shots (11-for-22).

Marshall went 2-of-4 from 3-point range, all of which came from Smiley. In nine minutes off the bench, Ishola grabbed seven rebounds and was 3-of-4 from the floor for a team-high nine points in the opening half.

Marshall will take its East Division-leading record to Ohio University on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. battle with the Bobcats.


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