Herd Women Win At Buzzer, 67-66 In OT

Behind a career-high 15 points and five rebounds from Chantell Handy, including a game-winning three as the clock hit 0:00, to lift Marshall to an 67-66 overtime win over the Richmond Spiders at The Robins Center in Richmond, Va. Sophomore guard Meg Withrow drove into the lane after UR's hit one of two free throws off a Modupe Ishola miss. Withrow kicked to Handy for the game winner at the horn.

"I couldn't have done it without Meg passing me the ball," Handy said. "It was a total team effort today." Handy, who entered the game shooting 27.3 percent, went 7-for-14 from the floor with five rebounds, three assists and two steals. "I felt like I've been in a shooting slump this season," she said. "I definitely felt more confident today. The team really helped bring me around." She led the Herd in points scored in the contest, but Modupe Ishola chipped in her third-consecutive double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Kendra King was just short of the double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Richmond (4-9) scored the first five points of overtime before Alyssa Hammond awoke the Herd offense. The freshman ignited the Herd (8-5) comeback with a free throw and a huge three-pointer with 1:02 left that brought MU to within one point, setting up the late-game heroics. "I've really been in a shooting slump this season," said Handy of the 50 percent shooting day. "I definitely felt more confident today. The team really helped bring me around."

The game was Marshall's first overtime game since falling to Miami, Ohio, 89-81 back on March 4, 2003. In Thursday's game, Ishola scored her 900th career point and played only 28 of 45 minutes due to first half foul trouble. Also in double figures for the Herd was Hammond with 12 points. Marshall led at the end of the first half 40-33, but were out-scored in the second half 27-20 to force the overtime. The Herd returns to action on Jan. 2 when Marshall, already 1-0 in Conference USA play, returns to league play with a game at East Carolina. Marshall will return home Jan. 5 to face Central Florida.


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