MU Women Beat Bowling Green, 56-43

The monkey is off coach Royce Chadwick's back. His Marshall women's basketball squad beat Bowling Green, 56-43, on Saturday at the Henderson Center. The win was Chadwick's first home win in MAC play, and the first-year coach enjoyed it.

"It doesn't take a whole lot to figure out why this team was successful tonight," said Chadwick. "They played great defense, which takes a ton of hard work and desire, and they maxxed out on their defensive abilities and their guarding of people."

Ironically enough, it was Marshall that literally could not buy a basket early in the first half. After playing to a 6-6 tie, BGSU jumped out to a 19-6 lead with 5:47 remaining, and the game appeared to be a runaway.

"I feel like we've gone through months where we couldn't buy a basket," said Chadwick.

Marshall's Ida Dotson puts up a shot in the second half against BGSU.

Then, the mojo kicked in. This time, it was BGSU that would have a drought. Megan Jerome's three-pointer with 2:40 left in the first half would be the only basket the Falcons scored for the next 9:48. The scoreboard was stuck on '22' on the Falcons' side for what seemed like an eternity, lasting well into the second half.

"We knew if we kept playing good 'D', our offense would come, and it finally did," said Marshall's Catie Knable.

In the meantime, Marshall put their full-court press in action, and the resulting BGSU turnovers enabled the Herd to chip away at the Falcons' lead. The 22-18 BGSU lead at the half quickly disappeared, as Marshall went on a 12-0 run to open the second half, helped by Andrea Fitzgerald's two three-pointers.

"She hit some big baskets when we needed big baskets," said Chadwick of Fitzgerald's hot shooting. "Our girls did a great job of implementing what we asked them to implement."

The Herd's hot shooting continued as Marshall extended their lead out to double digits towards the end of the game. In a strange twist on the earlier men's loss to Ohio, it was the Marshall women's team who made their free throws down the stretch (7-of-10 over the last 1:41) to pull away by as many as 16 points. BGSU's Megan Jerome hit a three at the buzzer to set the final score at 56-43.

Marshall was led by Andrea Fitzgerald's 21 points, while teammate Catie Knable hauled in a Brandon Hunter-like 21 rebounds and 10 points. Ida Dotson was the other Marshall player to score in double figures, with 10 points.

The Marshall women's team is now 8-16 overall and 4-9 in MAC play. The Herd travels to face MAC east rival the Miami RedHawks this Tuesday night in Oxford, Ohio.

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