Thundering Herd Women Ground the Eagles with 30-point Win
Driver sets career-high with six assists
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HUNTINGTON, WV – The Marshall women’s basketball team exhibited defensive dominance Thursday night in the Cam Henderson Center, topping the Winthrop Eagles 70-40. With the win, the Herd improves to 2-4 overall this season while the Eagles fall to 1-5.
“It’s good to get a win,” Herd coach Tony Kemper said. “There were a lot of bright spots out there. Our scoring was balanced. We’re back to being positive in assist to turnover ratio. I thought we fought pretty hard on defense. It’s big to get back in the win column after what we’ve been through over the last four games.”
Marshall had its best defensive performance of the season, as it allowed the lowest opponent point total since it held Longwood to 45 in the opener. The Herd grabbed 47 rebounds and scored 28 points off a season-high 22 forced turnovers. Marshall added 12 steals and seven blocks.
Redshirt sophomore Tana Driver earned her first career start and had an all-around career night with six assists, five points, three rebounds and three steals.
“I thought (Tana) was good tonight,” coach Kemper said. “She had six assists to two turnovers (3.0 A/TO ratio). She hit a three tonight. She needs to shoot those when she’s open. She did a nice job communicating and making sure that we were getting into things.”
Freshman Kristen Mayo achieved a career-best with four steals and added 11 points while junior Ekaterina Zhibareva grabbed a career-high seven boards.
“I thought tonight was the first night where (Kristen) looked comfortable the whole time,” coach Kemper said about his freshman guard. “In the second half, she got a couple of outlets. I saw her move tonight the way I had seen her move so many times in AAU and high school. She was crossing the floor, her head was up. She was pitching it ahead to people who were open.”
Senior forward Talequia Hamilton finished one rebound short of a double-double. Hamilton led all scorers with 15 points, a game-high nine boards and a season-best four blocks. It was her 12th-consecutive game with at least one block. She reached a milestone in the third quarter with her 400th career rebound. Sophomore Asheika Alexander was 3-of-4 from three-point range and finished the game with 11 points. Junior Shayna Gore added 10 and sits just 32 points away (968) from 1,000 for her career.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter as Marshall shot 22.7 percent and Winthrop hit just 25 percent from the floor. The score was tied at 10-10.
The Herd offense awakened in the second quarter, as it outscored Winthrop 28-8 by shooting 61.1 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from three. Marshall’s defense continued its stellar first half performance holding the Eagles to just 18 first half points for the lowest point total the Herd has allowed in the first half this season.
In the second half, the Herd cruised with a comfortable double-digit lead the entire duration. Marshall finished with a 40.6 field goal percentage and a 37.5 three-point percentage. All ten players who dressed, played and scored in the game. The Herd defense held the Eagles to just 27.8 percent (15-of-54) from the floor and 25 percent from three (4-of-16).
Marshall returns to the Cam Henderson Center for its second of three-straight home games on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m., against the Southern Illinois Salukis.