MU women fall to North Texas
DENTON, Texas -- The first leg of a trip to Texas was a difficult one for Marshall's women as the Thundering Herd fell 63-50 to North Texas to fall to 7-9 overall and 0-3 in Conference USA action.
After playing to a deadlock in the first half, the Mean Green used its defensive pressure to translate to offense in the second half while wearing down the Herd en route to the win.
Leah Scott finished with 15 points to lead Marshall, but she was held to just four points in the second half as North Texas did a much better job of defending in the post and forcing the Herd into outside shots.
After dominating down low early, the Herd resorted to its 3-point game in the second half and the result was a 6-of-28 performance from distance, which slowly turned the game in the favor of the host Mean Green.
Marshall took its last lead at 33-32 on a layup by Chelsey Romero with 16:50 left in the contest.
However, North Texas kept the Herd without a field goal over the next 5:30 of action and used a 10-1 run to take an eight-point lead.
McKenzie Akers had a pair of 3-pointers in a two-minute stretch to pull the Herd back within 44-40, but the Herd went into another offensive drought with one field goal in six minutes as the Mean Green distanced the game back out en route to their first conference win of the 2013-14 season.
The Herd finished with 19 turnovers in the contest while also hitting just 8-of-16 free throws.
Early on, it was Marshall who was the aggressor on the inside, using the play of Scott and forward Chuckwuka Ezeigbo to build a double-digit lead early.
Scott's 3-pointer with 9:10 left in the first half gave Marshall an 18-6 lead before North Texas started its comeback to knot the score at 25 at the break.
Alexis Hyder led North Texas (7-9, 1-2 Conference USA) with 18 points while teammate Laura McCoy added 13. Briesha Wynn also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Herd returns to action at 3 p.m. on Saturday when the team travels to Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston to take on Rice.