Box Score (PDF)
Postgame Press Conference
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –
The Marshall women's basketball team closed out non-conference play with a 75-63 victory over the Delaware State Hornets in the Cam Henderson Center, Saturday afternoon. The Herd featured four players scoring in double-figures.
The Thundering Herd improves to 6-7 while the Hornets fall to 2-8.
"It's always good to get a win," Herd head coach Tony Kemper
said. "Going into (the holiday) break and coming back from the back, sometimes those can be dangerous games and I felt that we came out fairly energized and ready to play and that is a good thing. Our second quarter was very good, but we just have to learn to string it together for longer periods.
"We definitely have to have more energy coming out of the locker room and we are going to need everything we have on Thursday against a great Old Dominion team."
Senior Shayna Gore
led Marshall in scoring with 16 points and added six rebounds and two steals. Gore is now tied with Kristi Huff
(1988-92) for 11th all-time with 165 career steals. Redshirt junior Khadaijia Brooks
finished with 13 points, nine boards, three assists and two blocks. Junior Ashley Saintigene
scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds. Sophomore Taylor Pearson
rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points, six boards and two steals. Six of Pearson's points came on converting layups while getting fouled.
Marshall struggled from long range hitting just 4-of-27 (14.8 percent), however the Herd scored 48 points in the paint and grabbed 54 rebounds. Delaware State scored 20 points in the paint and finished with 42 boards.
The Herd led for the entire game. Marshall closed out the first quarter with a five-point lead, 19-14, as Gore scored seven in the period. Marshall then dominated the second quarter, 20-8, and held the Hornets to just 23.1 percent (3-of-13) from the field. Gore had 13 going into the half while Saintigene and Pearson each had six. Delaware State cut the Marshall lead to 17 right at the buzzer as Lanayjha Ashe hit a half-court shot. The Herd went it at the break up 39-22.
In the third quarter, Marshall pushed the lead out to 27 at the 4:14 mark with a 12-2 run. The Hornets fought back and closed out the quarter cutting the lead down to 19 as NaJai Pollard hit a layup right before the buzzer. Pollard scored 11 of her game-high 30 points in the third period. With 10 minutes remaining, The Herd led 62-43.
Marshall struggled offensively in the fourth quarter scoring just 13 points on 27.8 percent (5-of-18) shooting. The Hornets scored 20 while shooting 50 percent from the field. The Herd played patiently on offense and helped wear down the clock and take away opportunities for Delaware State. A couple of late offensive rebounds for Marshall by Gore and freshman Kia Sivils,
helped to keep the clock running. Keke Barber hit a three right before the buzzer to cut the final lead down to 12.
Marshall recorded just two blocked shots in the game – both from Brooks – and continued its consecutive games with at least two blocks streak to 15-straight. The Herd also nabbed eight steals and has at least seven thefts in the past five games. Marshall has recorded at least five steals in every game this season and has grabbed at least five in now 24-straight games going back to last season. The last time the Herd did not have at least five steals in a game was against WKU on Jan. 21, 2018.
Next up, Marshall begins Conference USA action on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m., against the Old Dominion Monarchs in the Cam. The Herd stays home to face the Charlotte 49ers on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m.
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