MU Women Fall To WVU, 76-54

Marshall Coach Royce Chadwick was frustrated, agravated, frustrated and beside himself at times as the Marshall women's basketball team was beaten in nearly every phase of an ugly meeting with West Virginia in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic. The game was anything but a classic, as WVU marched to a 76-54 win that wasn't as close as the 18-point margin the Mountaineers won by Wednesday.

Marshall scored only 27 points in each half, as West Virginia was scoring 41 points in the first half and 35 more in the second on the way to its third win over MU, dropping Chadwick to 1-5 in the Capital Classic. The Herd shot only 35 percent (18-for-51), was out-rebounded 42-28 and turned the ball over 20 times on the night. West Virginia out-scored MU in the paint, 30-14, and scored 20 points off those Marshall 20 turnovers.

Modupe Ishola was held to just 2-of-5 shooting, scoring six points on her 15-plus point per game average. She did have seven rebounds to lead the Herd. Meg Withrow was named Marshall's MVP on the night by scoring 15 points, including 3-of-7 from three, dishing six assists, grabbing three rebounds and two steals, while just commiting one turnover, in 34 minutes in a building in the Charleston Civic Center where she played many games as the all-time leading scorer in West Virginia girl's basketball history while at nearby Nitro High School.

Meg Withrow drove the lane for two of her 15 points against West Virginia on Wednesday night in Charleston. photo by Greg Perry/HI staff

WVU was led by Chakhia Cole, who recorded a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. She hit 8-for-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Olayinka Sanni added 12 points and eight rebounds, while LaQuita Ownens had 10 points and Sparkle Davis had 16 points, shooting 4-of-9 from three. West Virginia shot 46 percent from the field (28-for-61) and 39 percent from three (7-for-18).

Marshall gets back into Conference USA play this Sunday with a nationally-televised game on CSTV against East Carolina. The Pirates are 9-11 overall, 4-3 in the league but have already beaten Marshall in Greenville, N.C. by 73-51 back on Jan. 2. Like the men's team, who also lost to WVU (the first time both teams have lost in the Capital Classic since 2003), the women are starting a three-game home stand in league play.

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