BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Marshall University's women's basketball team rode into Bowling Green, Kentucky, with plenty of momentum after a pair of home wins.
However, all it took was a big second-quarter run from Western Kentucky and hot shooting in the second half from the Lady Toppers to end the Thundering Herd's surge. Western Kentucky shot 55 percent from the field and 58 percent from 3-point range in an 85-55 win over the Herd at E.A. Diddle Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Dee Givens and Sherry Porter led Western Kentucky (9-8, 3-0 C-USA) with 20 points each while Meral Abdelgawad and Alexis Brewer each had 14 points in the win.
Those four players combined for all 10 of the Toppers' 3-pointers in the victory.
Marshall led after one quarter, but the momentum of the game turned on a play early in the second quarter.
After a layup by Givens gave Western Kentucky a lead, Gore was called for her second foul on a charge on the subsequent possession.
Western Kentucky took advantage of the change in momentum, going on a 19-2 run with Givens, Porter and Brewer each fueling the run as the Lady Toppers raced out to a 40-27 halftime advantage.
From there, the Herd simply could not get enough defensive stops to forge a comeback.
Coming into the game, Marshall (8-8, 2-1 C-USA) had been one of the league's best in forcing turnovers and getting steals, but Western Kentucky took care of the basketball well and used the Herd's own game against them.
The Lady Toppers turned the ball over only eight times and converted 20 Marshall turnovers into 30 points in the contest.
Taylor Porter led Marshall with 16 points while Gore finished with 14.
Marshall returns to action on Thursday in a 7 p.m. game at Florida Atlantic.