Bulger's 36 Not Enough

Meg Bulger poured in a career high and Toyota Capital Classic record 36 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome a balanced Marshall attack and horrendous foul problems in an 82-76 Marshall victory on Tuesday evening in Charleston.

The ladies' lack of depth was quite evident after the loss of Yelena Leuchanka to a season-ending knee injury. With Olayinka Sanni also riding the bench with a sprained ankle, the Mountaineers had only one experienced option in the paint, and that was hobbled senior Ramika McGee. McGee picked up her second foul three minutes into the first half, relegating her to the bench, and she was soon joined by several teammates. Four players fouled out for the Mountaineers as Coach Mike Carey was forced to play his starters for almost the entire game.

WVU rode the efforts of Bulger, who almost half of WVU's points, but failed to get much help elsewhere. Sherell Sowho added 13 points, but no other Mountaineer hit double fibures. Chakia Cole just missed a double double with nine points and 12 rebounds.

Adding insult to injury in the personal foul area, WVU was called for a technical foul with Marshall's Teyonka Hodge, who led the Herd with 20 points, at the free throw line with :38 remaining in the game and Marshall up 79-73. Yolanda Paige failed to leave the floor after her fifth foul drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct technical foul. Hodge hit all four shots, ending any faint hopes of a Mountaineer comeback.

Modupe Ishola chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds for Marshall against the depleted WVU front line. Sikeetha Shepherd-Hall scored 17 and Reshundra Smiley added 17. Crystal Champion had nine points and 12 rebounds for the Herd.

Sherell Sowho tossed in 13 points before fouling out, and Chakhia Cole scored seven points and pulled down nine boards before also fouling out. Bulger also fouled out as WVU was forced to hack to try to stay in the game with less than a minute to play.

West Virginia returns home to face Seton Hall on Saturday.

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