Women Need OT To Dispatch Glenville St, 65-62

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall women's basketball team survived a scare from Division II Glenville State on Saturday, pulling out a 65-62 overtime victory at the Cam Henderson Center in the Thundering Herd's final exhibition game of the season.

Glenville State, ranked No. 19 in the preseason DII poll, had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Lauren Strong's free throw with 2.9 seconds remaining fell off the rim to deadlock the game at 56-56. With the Pioneers down two, Strong tied the game when Christy Alltop zipped a bounce pass under the basket for a lay in while Marshall's Mary Pat Statler was called for a foul.

Herd junior Modupe Ishola scored the game-winning points with 44 seconds remaining in overtime when former high school teammate Crystal Champion found the center down low for her second assist of the night. Freshman Kendra King tied the game moments earlier with two free throws after a Strong foul.

Kashawna Curry drove to the basket late in regulation against Glenville State.

All seven of King's points came from the free-throw line (7-of-8).

Rachel Redick's game-high 25 points kept Glenville State's upset hopes alive. With the Pioneers down three with five minutes left in the second half, Redick hit back-to-back treys, forcing the Herd to stage a late comeback. KaShawna Curry sank a jumper followed by consecutive field goals by Champion before Strong's lay in to send the game to overtime.

Champion scored a team-high 16 points with 10 rebounds, two steals and a block. Herd senior Sikeetha Shepard-Hall recorded 13 points with seven boards while junior point guard Teyonka Hodge scored 12 points with five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Crystal Champion (right) and KaShawna Curry trap Glenville State guard Lauren Strong in overtime.

Redick finished 9-of-21 from the field and played all 45 minutes of the contest. Shepard-Hall registered the Herd's lone 3-pointer of the night (1-for-9).

"We played very hard tonight, but not very smart," Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said. "We lost our poise six or seven times, but all the credit goes to Glenville State. They scouted us very well and jumped just about every play we ran.

"They have a great team and they're going to have a great year."

After a Hodge jumper gave the Herd an 11-10 lead at the 12:34 mark of the first half, Glenville State led the game until another Hodge field goal knotted the game at 40-40 with just over 10 minutes left in the second half. The Pioneer lead ballooned to as much as 12 points in the first half to give GSC a 29-23 lead at halftime.

Champion's double-double allowed the Herd to build a 55-37 advantage on the glass, helping alleviate a 34.7 percent team shooting clip.

"We now know what we have to work on in practice, thanks to the competitiveness of Glenville State," Champion said. "It was a great learning experience for our team."

Marshall finishes the exhibition season at 2-0 and will gear up for the season-opening Fifth Third MU Classic next weekend at the Henderson Center. The Herd will face Tennessee State on Friday after former Mid-American Conference rival Ohio battles South Carolina State at 5 p.m.

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