Herd Women's Basketball Holds off Morgan State
Shayna Gore reaches 1,000 Career Points
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Coach Kemper Postgame Press Conference Video
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall women's basketball team held off the Morgan State Bears Tuesday night in the Cam Henderson Center, 73-68. Junior Shayna Gore scored her 1,000th career point, becoming the 21st player in program history to reach the milestone.
With the win, the Thundering Herd improves to 3-5 overall this season while the Bears fall to 6-4.
"We really held [Morgan State] off the glass," Herd head coach Tony Kemper said. "One of the things we knew going into it was that we have to limit their second-chance points. Quite frankly they shot it better than what they had from three. So, had we not rebounded like that, we probably couldn't have withstood [the rally].
"You have to put a complete game together, so that when a team goes 8-22 from three, when you don't expect that, you can hang in there."
Redshirt sophomore Tana Driver led the offense playing a career-high 34 minutes and dished out a career-best seven assists and recorded three steals. Driver has combined for 17 assists to only five turnovers over the past three games.
Gore and senior Talequia Hamilton combined for 45 of the Herds 73 points. Gore led with 26 while Hamilton recorded her second double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Gore's performance allowed her to record her seventh double-digit point game of the season and her third game with 20 or more.
"Shayna Gore is a really good scorer," coach Kemper said. "She scored her 1,000th point at Marshall today. She's coming off the bench right now and she's done everything I've asked her to do in that role. She's really working hard right now."
The Herd came out hot in the first quarter hitting 62.5 percent from the floor and led 26-15. Eighteen of Marshall's 26 points came in the paint as Morgan State focused on the Herd's perimeter players. The Bears stepped up defensively in the second quarter and kept the game at an 11-point deficit going into the half. Marshall shot 57.1 percent (16-of-28) in the half and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
Marshall's offense struggled in the third hitting only 28.6 percent from the field as Morgan State hit 46.2 percent. However, three of the Herd's four baskets were three-pointers and Marshall hit four from the free throw line. The Herd did not score its first points of the quarter until the 6:37 mark. After a missed three by Gore, junior Ekaterina Zhibareva grabbed the offensive board and kicked it out to Driver. The guard then found Gore open again for three, and this time Gore buried the shot for Marshall's first points of the third and the 1,000th of her career. The Bears outscored Marshall by one in the quarter and cut the lead to 10, 57-47.
Morgan State put together a valiant effort in the fourth, hitting 50.0 percent from the field. A three by Tayler Miller with 34 seconds left cut Marshall's lead to two, 70-68. Gore converted 3-of-4 free throws to close out the game and Hamilton and freshman Taylor Pearson grabbed key rebounds to take away chances from the Bears.
Marshall hits the road on Sunday, Dec. 10, to take on Florida. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.