Huntington, W.Va. (Nov. 21) -- Youngstown State University used a 16-2 second-half run to pull out a come-from-behind 74-67 win over Marshall University in women's basketball action Tuesday.
I thought we made some spectacular plays in the first half and I am proud of our players, said Marshall Head Coach Juliene Simpson. In the second half we went a little cold. Our group has not been in a situation like this and this experience will certainly help us down the road. I believe this is the toughest team we will play before Christmas.
Marshall used a balanced attack, that featured multiple and frequent substitutions, to stay in contention throughout the game. In fact, Marshall played 14 different players, 10 of which scored, and led the Penguins (who have had five consecutive 20-win seasons) by the score of 38-33 at the half.
Marshall (0-1) built an early 10 point lead in the second half (43-33), however the Penguins battled back and took a 46-45 lead with 14:29 to go in the game. YSU (1-1) never trailed after that, despite several Marshall rallies that cut the lead to as low as two (65-67) with just fewer than three minutes to play.
Senior Melissa Arnold (Guard/Charleston, W.Va.) led the Herd with a 12-points, five steals and five assists, while Marshall freshman Catie Knable (Forward/Floyd Knobs, Ind.) recorded a game-high 16 rebounds in her collegiate debut. Senior Marisa Williams netted 11 points in the game.
The Penguins were paced by two-time Mid-Continent Conference Player-of-the-Year Brianne Kenneally. The senior guard scored 25 points, dished out seven assists, and grabbed seven boards in the win. She also connected on 13-of-17 free throw shots, many of which came down the stretch. YSU also received a tremendous 18-point, 15-rebound effort from Alyson Vogrin.
Marshall will now travel to Charleston, South Carolina to play the College of Charleston on Saturday (Nov. 25). Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. Following the game with the Cougars, Marshall will bus to Conway, S.C. to prepare for a Monday (Nov. 27) contest with Coastal Carolina. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 7 p.m.