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MU women fall short at Indiana St.

Nov. 13, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The first road trip of the season did not go so well for Marshall women's basketball.

Indiana State's Racheal Mahan scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while the Thundering Herd struggled in several facets as the Sycamores walked away with a 55-49 win on Monday night at the Hulman Center.

"It's hard to win when you play like that and it's a miracle we were in the game at the end," MU head coach Matt Daniel said.

The Herd trailed by 10 at the break and never got any closer than the final margin as offensive struggles and turnovers plagued Marshall in the final 20 seconds.

On the other end of the floor, Indiana State dominated play inside the paint, outscoring the Herd 26-16 down low in the contest. Several of the Herd's baskets down low came late as the Sycamores tried to avoid fouls that would stop the clock.

Much of the damage for the Sycamores in the second half came on second-chance opportunities as the Herd struggled to control the basketball off the rim.

Indiana State had 16 of its 22 offensive rebounds in the second half.

"They were the tougher team and the better team," Daniel said.

The lone bright spot of the night for Marshall was the play of Chuckwuka Ezeigbo, who finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks. The seven blocks ties for fifth all-time in a Marshall women's basketball game.

Despite the strong performance, Daniel kept things in perspective for his young post player -- especially considering the number of rebounds that Marshall didn't secure. Many of those ended up in the hands of Mahan and the other Sycamores.

"She has the 12 and 8 tonight, but I thought she could've had 14 and 16," Daniel said. "She's come along. She's still got a long way to go."

The Herd trailed 33-23 at the break as Indiana State continuously got good looks at the basket. The Sycamores shot 52 percent from the floor in the first half.

After falling behind early, Marshall cut the Indiana State lead to 22-21 following a jumper by Chuckwuka Ezeigbo with 6:27 left in the first half.

However, turnovers started to plague the Herd and the Sycamores used an 11-0 run over a five-minute stretch to take its biggest lead at 33-21 before a Jasmine Shaw layup ended the run and set the halftime score.

During the run, Anna Munn connected on a pair of 3-pointers. She had 11 of her 14 points in the first half to fuel the Indiana State offense. Mahan also had 10 points in the opening frame as the duo supplied much of the output for the Sycamores.

Marshall returns to action on Saturday when Ball State comes to the Cam Henderson Center for a 5:30 p.m. contest.

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