@HerdWBB Falls against Penn State
Gore reaches 900 career points
Box Score (PDF)
Coach Kemper Post-Game Press Conference
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team fell against Penn State, 80-65, Wednesday night in the Cam Henderson Center. The Thundering Herd is now 1-1 and the Nittany Lions improve to 3-0.
Junior guard Shayna Gore scored 22 to lead the Herd and now has 915 points in her career. Sophomore Asheika Alexander was the only other Herd player to score in double figures with 13, one point away from tying her career-high. Sophomore Ashley Saintigene pulled down 10 boards and scored eight points. Senior Talequia Hamilton scored six points, had seven rebounds and blocked one shot giving her 95 in her career and her eighth-straight game with at least one block. Marshall outrebounded Penn State 41-34.
Five players scored in double figures for Penn State as Kamaria McDaniel led the way with a career-high 20.
Marshall held the lead at the end of the first quarter 21-14. The Herd hit just under 44 percent from the field while Penn State struggled hitting just under 37 percent. However, the Nittany Lions began to find its stride in the second quarter improving its shooting percentage to 45, and outscoring Marshall by 10. As the teams broke for halftime, Penn State held a three-point advantage, 36-33.
Penn State continued the momentum on offense in the third quarter hitting 53.3 percent from the floor (8-of-15) including four 3-pointers. Marshall hit just 5-of-18 in the third period (27.8 percent). The Nittany Lions built the lead out to 16, 59-43.
The Herd finally started to settle down on offense in the fourth quarter. As the Herd was no longer rushing to shoot, Marshall hit 50 percent from the floor and 10-of-14 from the free throw line. The Herd outscored Penn State in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough as the Nittany Lions took the 15-point win.
Head Coach Tony Kemper
“Hopefully tonight will be a learning experience. I guess the last time I was sitting here I said, ‘it would be different on Wednesday’ and it was different on Wednesday. I thought Penn State played pretty well. They were 12-25 from three. Kamaria McDaniel had a good game, you see she obviously got really hot there in the third quarter when they made their run. She played well and that is what you have to do on the road.”
“From our perspective, we were very impatient on offense. They pressured us much more than we thought they were going to and people can do that to you in the beginning of the year because there is not that much film on you, you don’t really know. We had seen them play a 1-2-2 zone, we had seen them play man but not with that kind of pressure.”
Marshall hits the road on Sunday, Nov. 19, to take on Cleveland State. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.