Dec. 9, 2013
Postgame Press Conference
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Freshman Chelsey Romero (Queens, N.Y.) took advantage of her first career start for the Thundering Herd by recording her first double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds) in an 86-42 defeat of WVU Tech, Monday, at Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall improved to 3-4 with the win, while NAIA member WVU Tech fell to 2-9.
Building on Romero’s career night, many other Herd players found success, including career-high 14-point performances from both junior AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) and freshman McKenzie Akers (Princeton, W.Va.). Each made four three-pointers (both are career-highs), which contributed to the Herd’s overall total of 13 treys, the most scored by Marshall since sinking 14 versus West Virginia, Jan. 18, 1995. Akers became the 13th Herd player all-time to attempt 10 three-pointers in a single game.
The starting lineup was shuffled a bit, with Romero and Akers making their first starts by joining junior Leah Scott (Detroit), redshirt senior Erica Woods (St. George, Bermuda) and sophomore Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.). Despite the change, it was all Marshall from buzzer to buzzer.
To start, the Herd jumped out to a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest. Back-to-back Akers threes, each assisted by freshman Kiana Evans (Huntington), gave the Herd a 16-3 lead at the 13:01 mark in the first half. At the first buzzer, Marshall had its largest halftime lead of the year at 24, with the score at 41-17.
The Herd kept rolling, with senior Suporia Dickens
(Freeport, Ill.) contributing all 11 of her points in the final 20 minutes. 34 of the Herd’s 39 total bench points were scored in the second half. Marshall’s largest lead came at 30 seconds to go, with the Herd leading by 44 – its biggest margin of the year (previous was 23 versus Bluefield College, Nov. 8). The final buzzer sounded with Marshall on top, 86-42.
Marshall’s 86 points marks the most-ever scored under coach Matt Daniel, and is the most scored by the Herd since Nov. 11, 2011, when it defeated Kent State, 93-50.
With improvement showing from end-to-end, Daniel spoke about his team-oriented success.
“We want to make every decision with the team in mind first and that’s why every time we break a huddle, we say, ‘Team first wins,’” he said. “It is important to me that, when we recruit, we tell them we’re going to help them on their skill set, and that’s not just basketball: that’s in how they handle decisions, in how they handle their teammates, how they handle basically everything in their life.”
The team was perfect from the free throw line in the second half, going 10-of-10 (15-of-20 total). Marshall feasted off the Golden Bears’ turnovers, scoring 23 points. The Herd also contributed 23 assists, the most since dishing out 21 against Morehead State, Nov. 23, 2011.
Next, Marshall travels to Charleston, W.Va., for its 53rd consecutive meeting with West Virginia at the Capital Classic, Saturday. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.