"If you play great defense, sometimes you can get stuff cranked up for your offense," said Marshall coach Royce Chadwick. And play great defense Marshall did. Consider this: The halftime score was Marshall 26, Akron 8.
Yes, Marshall limited the Zips to 8 total points in the first half. With 2:52 left in the first half, Akron only had 4 points on the scoreboard as MU jumped out to a 20-4 lead. The Herd forced 14 Zips first half turnovers, and MU converted those turnovers into 8 easy points.
"We haven't played any better than we're playing right now," said Chadwick. "We want to go to Cleveland, and see if we can go up and shock somebody."
In the second half, it was more of the stingy MU defense that enabled the Herd to keep their lead in double digits the entire way. Akron did cut the MU lead to 15 at one point (26-11), but Marshall was easily able to extend it back out to as many as 29 points throughout the half. Melissa Arnold's free throw with 2:13 left found the Herd up 61-32.
11 of Marshall's 13 players scored in the game, led by Ida Dotson's 12 points. Strangely enough for a 63-point performance, Dotson was the only Marshall player in double figures. The win over Akron occured on Senior Night, and Herd fans bid farewell to seniors Melissa Arnold, Shawna Streeter, and Au'Yana Ferguson before the game.
Marshall now awaits word of where they will play in the first round of the MAC women's tournament this Saturday, to be played on campus sites. The best bet will find Marshall traveling to Ypsilanti, Michigan to play Eastern Michigan, but that is yet to be officially determined, pending the outcome of other games in the MAC.
Marshall finished the regular season with a 9-18 overall record, 5-11 in the MAC.