Nov. 4, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Junior forward Leah Scott (Detroit, Mich.) contributed 23 points and five rebounds in her first appearance as a member of the Thundering Herd in a 78-29 victory for Marshall women's basketball over Kentucky Christian, Monday evening at Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall started the game with a 10-0 run and never looked back. The first half ended with the score at 45-18, and the Herd kept its feet on the gas, allowing only 11 second-half points. KCU ended the game with a 20 percent field goal percentage and committed 27 turnovers, off which the Herd scored 34 points.
The Herd put up 44 points in the paint to KCU's 10, and senior forward Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) was one point away from a double-double, grabbing 15 rebounds and nine points. With all 13 active roster players participating, the Herd scored 32 bench points. Newcomer Aja Sorrells (Athens, Ga.) led all bench players with 13 points and eight rebounds in her first appearance.
Marshall ended the game with a 59-38 advantage on the boards and went 7-8 from the charity stripe, contributing to the overall final score of 78-29.
Next, Marshall opens the regular season by playing host to Bluefield College in an 11:30 a.m. game at Cam Henderson Center, Friday. For all the latest information about Marshall women's basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.
Matt Daniel, Marshall head coach
"I am excited we were finally able to play somebody else publicly. I am pleased with the effort we gave for the most part. I think we still have a lot of things we can build upon. We held them to about a 20 fielding percentage and about a 12 three-point percentage. Even though we shot a high percentage, we have to get a lot better on that end of the floor. I think we had good looks, but part of that is nerves. We got 81 shots on goal, but 31 of those were three's. I'm fine with the percentage we shot. I thought we got a little tired and a little fatigued late in the game. I think nerves got us early in the game, but that's why you do this. Moving forward, we're going to take tomorrow off and then prep for a good Bluefield College team Friday."
On the many substitutions
"I'm just trying to keep fresh legs on the court and put kids in the right situation where they can afford to be the most successful. There are two things I want for our team and our girls, collectively and individually. I want them to be healthy first and happy second. I want them to have healthy bodies and healthy experiences first, whether they like it or not. I want the same thing for our team. I want to try and put us in the right situations, where we can be healthy and the best we can be, and then we can enjoy it as much as we want within those means."
On the newcomers
"I don't know that I'm ever going to be pleased, and that's a blessing and a curse. It's one of the reasons I think I've been able to have success as a coach, but I don't enjoy it very much some nights. All in all, I'm glad that we held them to a field-goal percentage. I like that we had a lot of shots on goal, but I'd like to be better in a lot of different areas, and that's what we will be talking about on Wednesday."
Leah Scott, junior forward
On her team's performance
"I'm happy that we got after it today. We really shared the ball today on the court and we didn't let them get 45 points. That was our goal today: not to let them get 45 points. So, we accomplished one goal."
Suporia Dickens, senior forward
On going up for rebounds
"I think they don't worry about me. I think they're looking for our bigger posts like Chukwuka [Ezeigbo] or Chelsey [Romero] so then I'm just free to go rebound."