"In the first half we played about 17 minutes as well as you can play," said Royce Chadwick of Marshall, now 10-6 overall and 3-1 in Conference USA play. "I hope we can carry that over to Thursday at Rice. We're not there yet. We've got a long way to go. But we fought hard all (day) and stayed intense."
Chadwick saw sophomore forward Kendra King record her second career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in the game. "It really feels good," said King. "We don't just want to rely on one person. We did a good job of looking for everyone on our fast break." The one person all season has been Modupe Ishola, who is averaging a double-double for the Herd, 16.8 points and 15.4 rebounds per game but had foul trouble from the get go of the game with the Golden Eagles. Ishola did manage to score 12 points, on 5-of-10 shooting, and grab seven rebounds in just 15 minutes of playing time.
With Ishola on the bench, however, the Herd is able to play at a faster pace and that was reflected in 18 fast break points and 20 points off turnovers for Marshall. Meagan Samis had a career night in her seventh game since becoming eligible for Marshall after transferring from UNC-Wilmington. Samis had 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, but also in double figures was KaShawna Curry (13), Meg Withrow (11 points, 8 assists) and Chantell Handy (12). Marshall out-rebounded Southern Miss, 42-33, but turned the ball over 27 times to just 23 for USM.
Marshall will be at Rice on Thursday, then off for a week before traveling to Memphis and UAB on Jan. 18 and 21 respectively. The Herd will battle WVU in Charleston on Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. before returning home for a three-game home stand including a nationally televised game on CSTV against East Carolina on Jan. 28. WRVC 930 AM will carry the games against West Virginia, ECU and Feb. 3 with UAB, a day-night women's-men's doubleheader with the Blazers.