Marshall women fall at home
HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall women's basketball team had its moments Saturday afternoon against Tennessee Tech at Cam Henderson Center.
Unfortunately, there weren't enough good moments and that allowed the Golden Eagles to escape with a 67-60 victory to end a two-game losing streak and make up for last year's 73-68 loss to the Thundering Herd at home.
Marshall (6-6) got two of its best efforts from players coming off the bench. Leandra King tallied a career-high 16 points. She made 5-of-7 shots from the field and 6-of-7 at the foul line. Reserve Suporia Dickens added 12 points and seven rebounds, matching King's and Chukwuka Ezeigbo's efforts on the glass. Ezeigbo also scored 12 points.
"It's pretty frustrating," first-year Herd coach Matt Daniel said. "I can't stand losing, but if you look at it, aside from the West Virginia and the Marquette game, we are in every game. We got down 15 here and fought back.
"We show spurts, but over the long haul, breakdowns kill us. Lack of focus and toughness kills us. We have to continue to get tough and develop this team."
Marshall enjoyed a 44-42 points edge in the paint and 37-22 advantage off the bench, but it wasn't enough to stop keep the Ohio Valley Conference member from handing Marshall its second loss on a three-game homestand.
Tennessee Tech took its biggest lead at 61-46 with 5:49 left to play on a jumper by Jala Harris. The Herd closed to within six at 66-60 with 1:46 to go, but that's as close as the home team got.
T'Keyah Williams, a 6-2 center, led the Golden Eagles (6-6) with 18 points. Harris added 16 and Mariah Dean 12 in just 14 minutes.
Harris is no stranger to Marshall. She began her college career at UAB and as a freshman she scored a career-high 40 points to lead the Blazers past the Herd, 85-84, in double overtime at Henderson Center. She went on to be named C-USA Freshman of the Year and Sixth Player of the Year in the 2009-2010 season.
Diamond Henderson, the top scorer for the Golden Eagles with a 16.5 average, scored just two points Saturday.
Marshall will return to action next Sunday against Navy in Annapolis, Md. Game time is 2 p.m.