Herd Women’s Hoops falls to Appalachian State
Gore reaches 18th on all-time scorer list
Box Score (PDF)
Coach Kemper Postgame Press Conference
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team fell to Appalachian State, 56-54, Saturday afternoon in the Cam Henderson Center. The Thundering Herd is now 3-7 and the Mountaineers improve to 2-8.
“That’s a disappointing loss,” Herd head coach Tony Kemper said. “We didn’t handle the ball well enough against a team that really doesn’t pressure that much. We were sloppy. We were not very aggressive.
“Credit to Appalachian State. I thought they were tough. They made the plays they needed to make. I thought we were very similar teams. They’ve played some good competition as well.”
Junior guard Shayna Gore scored 15 to lead the Herd and now has 1,037 points for her career. Gore moved past Robin Vealey (1972-76) for the 18th spot on the all-time scorer list. Senior Talequia Hamilton scored 15 points and had 14 rebounds to record the seventh double-double of her career and third of the season. Sophomore Ashley Saintigene grabbed nine boards and had three blocks.
The Mountaineers began the game shooting 50 percent from the field in the first quarter and led 20-17.
Both teams went cold in the second quarter as Marshall shot 26.7 percent and Appalachian State hit just 25 percent. The Herd began the second with an 8-0 run and then the Mountaineers ended the period with an 8-0 run. Marshall trailed by three, 28-25, at the end of the half.
The teams struggled offensively again in the third as neither team hit better than 33 percent from the floor. The Herd outscored the Mountaineers 13-11 in the third and closed the gap to a one-point game, 39-38.
The Herd had opportunities in the fourth, but Appalachian State took advantage of its free throw chances hitting 7-of-11 to stay out in front. For the game, Marshall held the Mountaineers to just 35.8 percent from the floor.
“They are not a great offensive team in terms of how many points they score,” coach Kemper said. “They did a nice job guarding us. We didn’t score it very well and they took advantage of that. To hold them in the fifties, you would think that you can win that game, and we didn’t.”
Marshall returns to the Cam Henderson Center on Monday, Dec. 18, to face Kentucky Christian. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.