Marshall women's basketball: Herd falls to UTEP, 70-59, in C-USA tournament
TULSA, Okla. – The Marshall women's basketball team couldn't duplicate the magic in their Valentine's Day upset of the University of Texas at El Paso, falling to the Miners 70-59 on Wednesday in the first round of the Conference USA tournament at the Tulsa Convention Center.
The Thundering Herd (9-21, 3-13 C-USA) shot just 34.5 percent (20 of 58) from the floor Wednesday versus the Miners, who shot 39.7 percent (25 for 63). It was a 180-degree turn for both teams from their Feb. 14 matchup, when Marshall won in Huntington, 59-47. In that game, Marshall shot 42 percent from the floor, while UTEP shot just 28.8 percent.
Marshall Coach Matt Daniel said UTEP's defense Wednesday turned the tide.
"They switched their matchup a little bit, the way they were matched up with our offensive players," Daniel said, "and I'm really used to that, because we do so many versatile things with our players. But knowing how to adjust to it and being able to relay that is sometimes difficult."
Marshall hit five 3-pointers in the first half to keep within striking distance, and trailed just 39-33 at halftime. But the Herd missed its first six shots of the second half, and that allowed the Miners (21-9, 8-8 C-USA) to pull away. UTEP led by as many as 19 in the second half.
Chukwuka Ezeigbo led Marshall with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Suporia Dickens scored 15 points with six rebounds. Shay Weaver hit two 3-pointers for the Herd to give her Marshall's single-season record for 3s with 69. That broke Kizzy Hart's record of 68, set in 2010.
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