Redshirt junior Taylor Porter scored a career-high 24 points at Penn State.
Dec. 3, 2016
Box Score (PDF)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Marshall women’s basketball team fought all the way, but in the end Penn State held on as the Herd falls 82-80. Redshirt junior Taylor Porter scored a career-high 24 points.
The Herd came out firing in the first quarter hitting on 58.3 percent of its shots. Senior Kiana Evans took the tip and immediately went straight for the basket and dropped in a layup just six seconds into the contest. Throughout the first quarter Marshall held the lead. The score was tied only once at the 4:21 mark. Just eight seconds later Porter sank two free throws to break the tie. Penn State’s Teniya Paige hit a three just before the buzzer to bring Marshall’s lead down to six, 23-17, at the end of the first.
Penn State began the second quarter on a 9-0 run and took its first lead of the day with 7:15 to go in the half. Porter buried a three from the wing to end the run and tie the game at 26-26. Over the next minute and a half, the game was tied two more times, but then Marshall grabbed the lead on another three-pointer from Porter. The Herd went into the half with a two-point lead, 37-35.
The third quarter was a back-and-forth battle as both teams took turns with the lead and the score was tied three times. Marshall held a slim lead for most of the quarter, with its largest lead of five at the 2:41 mark after two free throws by Porter. Penn State went on a 6-0 run to take the lead and the two squads battled the final two minutes. The Nittany Lions grabbed the lead with nine seconds left in the quarter, 59-58.
The battle continued into the final quarter. There were six lead changes and the score was tied six times. Sophomore Shayna Gore and Porter scored seven points each in the final frame. Marshall shot 43.8 percent (7-of-16) from the floor but Penn State just edged out the Herd hitting 50 percent (8-of-16). Redshirt senior Talequia Hamilton made some tough, crucial plays for the Herd down the stretch getting inside and grabbing some contested rebounds and converting some shots.
Marshall had an opportunity with under 20 seconds left and trailing by one, 78-77, but Penn State’s defense held tight and then hit four free throws to build the lead out to five, 82-77. With just three seconds left redshirt junior McKenzie Akers received the inbounds pass, dribbled just passed half-court and fired off a buzzer beater three-pointer to put the final score at 82-80.
Porter led the way with her 24 points, while Hamilton added 13 and Gore chipped in with 11 while dishing out a season-high five assists.
Head Coach Matt Daniel
On the team’s performance:
“We played a lot better. We’re beginning to figure out a rotation and our focus was as good as it has been all year combined. I am not pleased with the result but I am pleased overall.”
On Taylor Porter’s performance:
“We were going to her late because she had the hot hand and we’ll do that. But, Taylor’s great play was because of how focused she was. She was the same player but when her focus is better she is better. She was as focused today as she has been all year.”
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Marshall hits the road again and heads south to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on UNC. Tipoff is scheduled for Wednesday Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m.