MARSHALL — Smith-Cotton had trouble dealing with Marshall’s defense as the Lady Owls beat the Lady Tigers 69-27 to open the season Monday.
Marshall’s press kept S-C busy as Smith-Cotton committed 18 turnovers in the first half, then turned the ball over on 10 of its first 11 possessions of the second half.
“They did a great job of getting up and pressuring our guards,” said S-C coach Zach Vandevender. “They got us out of sync with our offense. We needed to stay poised and they just pushed us out of what we were doing.”
The Lady Tigers struck first as Darby Christian hit a basket in the paint to open the scoring but the Lady Owls scored the next nine points before Cheyanne Tumlinson finally broke the run with a 3-pointer. Marshall then scored the final 10 points of the quarter to lead 19-5 after one.
Marshall kept extending the lead in the second quarter, getting early 3-pointers from Lyssa Agcalon and Kassidy Heying to make it 25-7. By halftime it was 35-19.
Taylor Crawford hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the third for Marshall as the Lady Owls built a 58-23 lead at the end of three. Crawford finished with 25 points to lead the way.
“We started out in a man and then went to a zone and they knocked down a few outside shots so we went back to a man,” Vandevender said. “They were able to find her. We were kind of keying on her but she’s a post that can go out and shoot and drive and that caused some mismatch problems for us.”
Christian led S-C with eight points.
Smith-Cotton will be back on the same floor next week for the Marshall Tournament.
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