No Contest

CHARLESTON -- There was nothing "classic" about the women's side of the West Virginia - Marshall doubleheader in the Mountain State's capital city. No. 9 WVU was too much for the Thundering Herd to handle, and the Mountaineers dominated the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic between the state's two Division I women's basketball programs 78-21 on Wednesday evening.

The neutral site series may have ended with the blowout win for West Virginia. MU had previously asked the Mountaineer athletic department for a home-and-home series in women's basketball, but WVU declined, and thus, the two teams may not meet in the foreseeable future.

Head coach Mike Carey said he was against a home-and-home between the teams, but beyond that, he didn't know if the series would continue at the Charleston Civic Center or end altogether.

After Wednesday night's shellacking, Marshall might be just fine with never meeting the Mountaineers again.

Head coach Royce Chadwick's squad shot an abysmal eight percent from the field in the first half (2-of-25), shot 11.1 percent for the game and committed 28 turnovers while assisting on only one field goal.

It was 41-11 by the intermission, and things didn't get any closer in the second half. The Herd only managed 10 points in the second half.

"We came out and played hard," Carey said. "We came out and did what we had to do."

Chadwick was admittedly at a disadvantage, as his team dressed only eight players. Seven were out of action due to injuries.

But even a full complement of players likely wouldn't have made much difference. The Thundering Herd were held to their lowest scoring total in program history -- their previous record for offensive futility was a 35-point performance.

It was a program-best defensive performance for the Mountaineer women. The previous West Virginia record for fewest points allowed was 26, which happened on three occasions -- most recently in a 2007 win over Presbyterian.

"I mean, that's our motto. That's what we're known for," said WVU guard Liz Repella, asked about the team's defensive effort.

"We didn't let them run their offense."

Ayana Dunning led the Mountaineers (17-1) with a career-high 16 points and seven rebounds. Taylor Palmer came off the bench to add another 14 points. Thirteen WVU players saw action, and all but one scored.

In contrast, Marshall didn't have a single player with more than one field goal. It was led by Adrian Randall and Tessa Johnson, who each had only five points.


BlueGoldNews Top Stories