Marshall dominated the smaller Scots in all areas of the game, from shooting to rebounding to steals and turnovers. Modupe Ishola led the Herd with 27 points and had seven rebounds. Kendra King led the Herd with eight rebounds as Marshall out-rebounded OVU 57-26 and out-scored the Scots 62-12 in the paint. Still, despite the outcome, Marshall coach Royce Chadwick was not happy with the effort by his team.
"Once again, we didn't have the defensive intensity that we wanted," said Chadwick, who begins his sixth season with the women's team at Marshall. "We had a lot of problems throughout the game defending. We weren't good defending, we weren't good in transition and that's very concerning. We have got to play better defense than we are playing (in the regular season)." Marshall held OVC to just 33 percent shooting, but eased up in the second half, allowing the Scots to hit four-of-11 from three and make an 8-0 run midway through the second half. "Without a doubt," said Chadwick of whether his team lost focus. "You start looking at the score, and we have freshmen and sophomore. We got impatient, thinking we have got to have it now. I think we looked at the scoreboard and thought, 'I'll try for that steal or take that shot now.' We cannot do that against the teams like Navy and Southern." Marshall will face Southern in the 5th/3rd MU Classic November 17-18 at the Henderson Center.
Modupe Ishola dominated the paint in the Herd's final exhibition game with Ohio Valley. The Herd opens year two in Conference USA with a game at Navy on Sunday before returning home for the 5th/3rd MU Invitational Nov. 17-18.file photo by Greg Perry/HI
Marshall had three other players in double-digit scoring besides Ishola. King had 15 points to go with her eight boards, while freshmen Alyssa Hammond had 11 points and Melody Hudson had 10, with six rebounds. Sophomore 6-foot-4 center Kari James had five points and six boards and senior point guard Bridget Chacon added eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sophomore starting point guard Meg Withrow, a transfer from UNC-Wilmington who is the all-time leading scorer in girls high school basketball in West Virginia while playing at Nitro High School, hit 5-of-6 at the free throw line and had five assists and one steal. The Herd shot 51 percent for the game (36-71) and was 24-for-33 at the line (73 percent). The Herd forced 22 tournovers and scored 35 points off OVU's miscues. Ohio Valley was led by junior forward Rachel Deaton with 21 points, while junior guard Natasha Holloway had 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the three-point line.
Ishola scored 23 points in the first to give Marshall the lead at the half. The 6-foot-2 senior center from Washington, D.C., had a field day against the Scots who didn't have a player over 5-foot-11 and both of those centers for Ohio Valley were freshmen. Ishola hit for 11-of-14 in the first half alone and finished the game 13-of-18. Marshall shot 57 percent in the first half while holding OVU to 9-of-29 (31 percent). The Herd out-rebounded the Scots 26-16 in the first stanza and out-scored the smaller team 38-2 in the paint. MU forced 12 first half turnovers that led to a 15-2 edge in points off turnovers as well.
Ishola will play near home in the opener on Sunday at Annapolis, Maryland when the Herd faces Navy. Chadwick said the Midshipmen are tough on the inside and will be a test for the Herd center. "(Kate) Hobbs is an outstanding post player. She will face you up, take you to the basket and put her body on you," said Chadwick of the Navy center. "We haven't seen that in exhibition and can't duplicate it in practice. They are very physical, a team that made a lot of fouls last year, which they are working on. But they are a team that will beat you up, take your milk money and send you home. We have got to go in there and be strong and be physical." Ishola is excited to be playing near her Washington, D.C. home, however. "It is exciting," said Ishola. "I can't wait to see my family. Coach Chadwick always gives us a chance to play near our homes and this will be my last year. My parents don't get to come up here as much, so I get to go see them and that is a blessing for me." The game is in Alumni Hall at 2:00 p.m. Sunday and can be heard on WMUL 88.1 FM, the Marshall student station, or on the web at marshall.edu/wmul.