HUNTINGTON — Marshall women’s basketball combined for 56 rebounds, including 31 on the offensive board, to knock off former Mid-American Conference rival Ball State, 70-45, on Saturday evening in the Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall moved to 2-1 with the victory, while Ball State dropped to 0-3.
The Thundering Herd recorded a plus-36 rebounding margin, limiting the Cardinals to only 20 total boards.
The Herd’s Suporia Dickens and Chukwuka Ezeigbo each grabbed 12 boards to lead Marshall.
“We had three goals today — play as hard as we could, play with as much positive energy as we could, and play with one purpose,” Coach Matt Daniel said.
“I thought we did that. We grew as the game went on and I’m really proud of the team effort, the collective body of work that we put together today.”
Marshall’s defense was relentless throughout the contest, only allowing Ball State 11 made field goals while holding the Cardinals to 0-for-10 from three.
The 45 points Marshall’s defense held Ball State to is the lowest non-conference score an opponent has totaled since Elon also only scored 45 against the Herd back in 2004-05.
The Herd had 16 total assists in the game, shooting 26-of-62 (41.9 percent) from the field.
Exactly half of the attempted shots were three-pointers as Marshall went 9-of-31 from behind the arc.
Four different Marshall players scored in double-digits.
Orlandria Williams recorded a career-high 18 points, hitting 6-of-13 from the field and knocking down four threes.
She was two rebounds shy of a double-double, totaling eight rebounds.
“In practice, Coach has always told me not to hesitate,” Williams said.
“So today I came into the game with the mindset to shoot any open ball the defense gives me. Basically, I ended up open most of the time, so I took the three and it was dropping for me.”
Ezeigbo followed with 10 points, and with her 12 rebounds, earned a first career double-double.
Freshman point guard Norrisha Victrum added a season-high 10 points, with four made free throws.
Leandra King contributed 10 points from the post, going 4-for-6 from the field, and finished with a team-high three blocks.
Ball State was led by Brandy Woody with 12 points, while Shelbie Justice followed with 11.
The Cardinals earned more points off of free throws than from the field. BSU recorded an 88.5 percent free throw percentage after going 23-for-26 from the stripe.
Shay Weaver scored all eight of her points in the opening five minutes as Marshall jumped ahead of Ball State, 14-6.
Williams hit a three during a 17-5 run, making the score 31-13 with just under six minutes left in the first half.
King and Ezeigbo helped Marshall hold a 35-21 lead at halftime.
King had one block and three rebounds from the bench, while Ezeigbo had six points, four rebounds and a block in the first half.
The Herd limited Ball State to only seven points in the first 12 minutes of the second half and extended its lead to 54-28 before going to the win.
Despite making 18-of-19 free throws in the second half, Ball State was unable to put a dent in the deficit and the Herd earned its second home victory, 70-45.
Victrum scored all of her 10 points in the second half.
The Herd totaled 35 rebounds alone in the second half and the defense allowed only three made field goals.
Marshall will next travel to College Station, Texas to play in the Texas A&M Classic during Thanksgiving weekend.
The Herd will face Marquette and Southern in the three-day event, Friday and Sunday, then return to the area for the Eastern Kentucky Tournament on Nov. 30-Dec. 1, against Jackson State, then either EKU or Presbyterian.
Marshall’s next home game is not until Dec. 15, when the Herd faces Ohio, then Furman (Dec. 20) and Tennessee Tech (Dec. 22), all 2 p.m. games.
Prior to that game, Marshall will be playing No. 14 WVU in Charleston on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic, then heading to Carbondale, Ill. to face Southern Illinois on Dec. 8 at 1 p.m., prior to Marshall’s Fall Semester final exams.
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