Women Gun Down Kent State, 62-47

The Marshall women's basketball team is on a roll. Literally. Fresh from knocking off MAC West leader Ball State on Saturday, coach Royce Chadwick's team did the same thing to MAC East leader Kent State, 62-47, at the Henderson Center on Wednesday night.

"When we conduct ourselves well on the defensive end -and don't turn the ball over- we're pretty good," Chadwick said just minutes after the win.

Kent State came into the game alone atop the MAC East division, with an 8-3 conference record. Marshall's answer to that was defense.

And lots of it.

Marshall's Cassie Hackworth picks the ball from Kent State's Christi Shibata.

Sikeetha Shepard-Hall's 8 first-half points enabled the Herd to jump out to a quick lead on the Golden Flashes. Cassie Hackworth's three-pointer at the 10:24 mark gave Marshall an 18-10 advantage, and the Herd would extende that to 28-19 at the half.

Kent State went flat from the field at the exact same time Marshall began applying what is becoming Chadwick's trademark 40-minute defense. The Golden Flashes shot a dismal 29.8% from the field (14-of-47), and failed to make a three-point basket in nine tries.

Meanwhile, Marshall was busy creating turnovers on the defensive side (KSU committed 19 turnovers) and making the mistakes costly by converting them into baskets.

"They had a couple turnovers, and we picked it up and did something with it," said Sikeetha Shepard Hall.

Marshall's Amy Reed grabbed 10 rebounds, while Hall (15 points) and Ida Dotson (14 points) led the scoring for the Herd. Kent State never got closer than six points (at 33-27), but Marshall fought off the onslaught and quickly extended their lead back out to 15 points at 52-37, with 4:07 remaining in the game.

Marshall made 9 of their final 11 free throws to seal the win. The Herd improves to 9-14 overall, 5-7 in the MAC, good enough for third place in the East.

"We've got it and we want to keep it," Chadwick summed up of his team's winning streak over the league's best teams. "As long as the players keep trying, they've got a chance."

The Marshall women's team next faces the Ohio Bobcats this Saturday in Athens, Ohio.

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