Streaky Shooting Sends UTSA Past Herd
Shayna Gore led all scorers with 29 points
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Crystal Chidomere recorded her second double-double of the season, posting 26 points and 11 rebounds, to lead visiting UTSA over Marshall, 72-59, Thursday evening at the Cam Henderson Center.
Carlie Heineman added 18 points and eight rebounds, while Marie Benson and Tija Hawkins scored 13 points apiece for the Roadrunners, who improved to 5-18 overall and 3-8 in Conference USA.
“Give credit to UTSA. They are who we thought they were,” head coach Tony Kemper said. “Crystal Chidemore is a good player and Carlie Heinieman can shoot the ball well. We got in a big hole and couldn’t get back in it.”
UTSA scored the first eight points of the contest and never looked back. Sloppy play by Marshall in the first quarter led to six turnovers in the quarter, which UTSA converted into eight points.
Marshall’s poor start continued early into the second quarter, as the Roadrunners took their largest lead of the contest midway through the quarter when a 3-pointer by Heineman extended UTSA’s lead to 34-15. Marshall caught fire at the end of the quarter, going on a 16-2 run to close the half. The Herd hit 3-pointers on four straight possessions, with three coming from Gore, to close a 19-point deficit down to five at the half, 38-33.
The Herd opened the third quarter on a 5-2 run, with Gore and Hamilton accounting for all five points. Gore later cut UTSA’s lead to three with one of her six 3-pointers of the contest, but the Roadrunners extended their lead back to double-digits with a jumper by Chidomere.
Marshall cut UTSA’s lead back to single-digits on a free throw by Kristen Mayo early in the fourth quarter but Heineman connected on a 3-pointer to extend the Roadrunner lead back to double-digits. Marshall committed six turnovers in the final frame, leading to seven Roadrunner points, as UTSA closed out a 72-59 win over the Herd.
“We didn’t give the effort required to win tonight,” Kemper said. “Tonight’s game was a dud.”
Marshall is back in action Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against UAB in the Herd’s annual Play 4 Kay game.