The Herd turned what looked like a burgeoning blowout into a nailbiter. Marshall's defense buckled down and Veronica Ruiz led a spirited comeback. The Herd went on a 15-4 run, led by Ruiz's six points, and Leandra King's layup with 8:36 left in the half cut WVU's lead to 18-17.
The pendulum swung the Mountaineers' way again in the half's final minutes. Holmes scored eight of her 13 first half points in the last two minutes before intermission and WVU went into halftime with a 35-23 lead.
"A lot of my shots were falling tonight," Holmes said. "I just tried my best to play basketball."
Marshall didn't help itself in terms of ball security, committing 15 first-half turnovers. Marshall finished with a season-high 26 turnovers and WVU turned those into 33 points. Fatigue might have been a factor, as Marshall played an eight-person rotation, while WVU went with 12.
"It's nothing new," Daniel said of the turnovers. "It's just going to be an issue. You're going to have kids that have it and kids that don't. And that's where depth comes in to where you can make those adjustments."
King, who was named Marshall's top player of the game as Holmes was named WVU's, finished with 10 points and six rebounds off the bench. Norrisha Victrum scored nine points for Marshall, while Shay Weaver scored eight.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.