@HerdWBB Drops First Road Contest to Cleveland State
Marshall’s next contest at home against Ohio, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m.
Box Score (PDF)
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Marshall women’s basketball team fell in its first road game of the season, 85-76 to the Cleveland State Vikings. The Thundering Herd is now 1-2 and the Vikings improve to 2-1.
Both offenses started the game a little cold, going a combined 2-for-14 until about halfway through the first quarter. Cleveland State took a two-point advantage at the end of the first, 17-15.
The Herd came out firing in the second hitting 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from the floor and 3-of-6 from three. Marshall built up a 10-point lead late in the third before Cleveland State answered with a three as the half was coming to a close. Marshall sophomore Asheika Alexander buried a long three with two seconds remaining to give Marshall the double-digit lead at the break, 443-33.
Cleveland State found its shot in a big way in the third quarter hitting 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from the floor and outscored the Herd 32-10. Marshall battled in the fourth but just could not get enough to dig its way out of the hole.
Junior Shayna Gore led Marshall with 19 points and senior Talequia Hamilton recorded her first double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Hamilton also recorded her 96th career block and continues her shot-block streak to nine-straight games. Freshman Kristen Mayo scored 14 points for her first 10-plus point game of her Marshall career. Alexander scored nine points and added five assists and three steals.
Head Coach Tony Kemper
“Obviously we got out to a really good start. The second quarter was really good. Then, the third quarter coming out of the locker room I felt like we weren’t moving real well. Then obviously the fouls and the free throws and foul trouble really put us behind the eight-ball. We just couldn’t withstand that one quarter.”
“I thought that besides that one quarter, we played pretty well on the road. The fight I felt was pretty good but we have to be better to finish off the game.”
Marshall returns to the court with a home game against local rival the Ohio Bobcats. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 22 in the Cam Henderson Center.