Marshall Women and Men Fall In MAC Games

Both the Marshall men and women suffered Mid-American Conference losses on Wednesday evening. The Marshall women gave up a 15-point lead to Ohio, and the Bobcats won in overtime, 70-61. The men dropped a four-point game at Western Michigan, 79-75, to the Broncos.

Marshall 61, Ohio 70 (OT)
Marshall women's coach Royce Chadwick watched as his team's 32-17 lead in the second half on the Ohio Bobcats withered away over the last 17:00 of the game. OU's Tiffany Byrd nailed a three-pointer with 4:41 remaining to give Ohio their first lead of the game, 44-43.

"When you let somebody shoot 35 free throws on you, you're not going to win many basketball games," said Chadwick, "Unless you do that yourself. And we were unable to do that."

Amy Smith drives the lane against Ohio on Wednesday evening.

Ohio's Candace Bates hit the game-tying three pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 54 apiece with only 6 seconds remaining in regulation. In overtime, the Bobcats hit 11-of-12 free throws to pull away from the Herd for the win, while Marshall could only muster 2-of-6 shooting in the overtime.

Sikeetha Shepard-Hall led Marshall scorers with 20 points, and teammate Amy Smith added 16. Catie Knable grabbed 16 rebounds, the only Marshall player with double figures rebounding.

"We shot a percentage (32%) that is according to the good looks that we got," Chadwick summed up of his team's shooting woes against Ohio.

Marshall dropped to 6-13 overall, 2-6 in the MAC, with the loss. Ohio edged up to 6-14 overall, 2-7 in the MAC with the win.

Marshall 75, Western Michigan 79
Western Michigan's Anthony Kann hit 30 points and nabbed 12 rebounds in the Broncos' 79-75 win over the Marshall men's team on Wednesday evening in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Ron Blackshear (28) and Marvin Black (14) were the only two Marshall players in double figures.

Kann was joined by Mike Williams (25 points, 12 rebounds) in the double-double category for WMU. Western Michigan's 15-0 run in the second half enabled the Broncos to erase a Marshall 11-point lead, and the Broncos' free throw shooting helped them keep the lead the rest of the game.

Marshall's four-game losing streak now has the Herd with a 9-10 record overall, 5-6 in the MAC. The Herd returns home to face Bowling Green this Saturday at the Henderson Center for a 7:30 game.

Note: Randy Burnside of the Marshall Sports Information Office contributed to this story. Thanks, Randy!

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