Pound, FIU Take Down Thundering Herd, 67-54
Gore goes for 24; Hamilton nets another double-double
MIAMI, Fla. - Kiandre'a Pound scored 21 points and had 19 rebounds to lead host FIU over visiting Marshall 67-54 inside FIU Arena Sunday afternoon.
The Panthers improved to 4-11 overall and 1-1 in Conference USA, while the Thundering Herd dropped to 6-9 and 0-2.
Pound made eight of her 14 shots from the field and was joined in double digits by Callie Cavanaugh, who had a double-double herself with 12 points and 12 caroms. Kristian Hudson posted a game-high seven assists as well.
Shayna Gore led Marshall in scoring, yet again, with 24 points, while Kristen Mayo had 13 and Talequia Hamilton notched her ninth career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Gore also added four steals and Taylor Pearson posted three assists.
The Thundering Herd struggled from the perimeter throughout Sunday's game, knocking in just 17.6 percent (6-34). For the game, it shot just 27.1 percent from the field (19-70).
FIU won the rebounding battle 56-41, but the Thundering Herd held a commanding edge in points off turnovers (23-7).
Both teams shot it well from the free throw line. Marshall made 83.3 percent (10-12) and the Panthers converted 81.3 percent (13-16).
Marshall won the first and fourth quarters 30-26 but lost the middle two stanzas 41-24.
The Panthers led by as many as 23 with 2:11 left in the third quarter before the Thundering Herd chopped the margin to seven (61-54) down the stretch.
"One thing we have to focus on coming out of this week is our transition defense," said Marshall head coach Tony Kemper. "I thought it was poor and that has to improve."
"I told our team after the game today that we are probably the shortest team in the league right now. For us to compete on the glass, we'll need all of them to dig in and hit the boards."
Gore, who is already the school's all-time leader in 3-pointers made (162), now was 1,146 points, good enough for 12th on the school's all-time scoring list, eight behind Agnes Wheeler's total from 1974-79.
Hamilton blocked one shot and now has 115, tying Chukwuka Ezeigbo's total (2011-15) for fifth.
The Thundering Herd will be back in action Saturday when Louisiana Tech visits the Cam Henderson Center for a 1 p.m. tip.