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MU women fall to La Tech

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 9:57 PM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The visiting Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team fought back from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to defeat short-handed Marshall 61-51 in overtime Friday evening at the Cam Henderson Center.

The contest was the conference opener for both schools, with Marshall dressing just eight student-athletes.

The Lady Techsters improved to 6-1 overall with the win, while the Thundering Herd dropped to 1-2.

Keiunna Walker led all scorers with 26 points, while Raizel Guinto and Amber Dixon posted 10 apiece. Dixon also added 11 rebounds in a double-double effort.

Marshall was paced by 16 points apiece from Alexis Johnson and Taylor Pearson, with the latter making her season debut. The duo combined to go 13-for-22 from the field.

Like Dixon, Johnson recorded a career-high 11 rebounds (all on the defensive end) for her first career double-double. Savannah Wheeler fought through a difficult shooting night (1-for-7 from the floor, 0-for-4 from 3-point range), but did manage a career-best 11 boards (nine defensive). Mahogany Matthews rejected seven shots (tied for sixth in Marshall’s single-game records) before fouling out early in overtime.

Wheeler also led the team with five assists and three steals.

Tech led by a point through one quarter (12-11), but the Thundering Herd came up big in the second quarter to take a 28-18 lead into the locker room on a Johnson jumper with 34 seconds left.

Kennedi Colclough, who also blocked four shots her in Marshall debut, converted a layup at the 8:15 mark of the third quarter to give Marshall its largest lead of 12 at 30-18.

Tech, though, hung around scored 16 of the quarter’s remaining 25 points to pull to within five at 39-34 through three periods.

The game was tied at 47 entering the final minute of regulation, when Tech’s Walker was called for her fourth foul on the offensive end with 34 ticks left. That gave Marshall the ball with (almost) the opportunity to take the game’s final shot. Marshall’s Pearson misfired on a triple with eight seconds left but Matthews grabbed the rebound and attempted to bank in a putback attempt. The shot, however, rolled off the front of the rim and the contest drifted into overtime after the Thundering Herd was unable to get a quality look in the remaining three seconds.

Walker and Guinto scored all of the Lady Techsters’ 14 points in the extra session to pull away for the 10-point victory.

Both teams shot an even 5-for-23 (21.7 percent) from the 3-point line.

Despite the rebounding battle being close (49-47 Tech), the visitors held a commanding 21-8 margin on the offensive end, which led to a 21-1 edge on second chance points.

Going an extra five minutes in Huntington was likely eerily familiar for both teams as Marshall pulled out a three-overtime triumph (90-88) during Tech’s last visit on January 24, 2019.

Saturday’s rematch is set for 3 p.m. and will, again, be played in the Cam Henderson Center.

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