Herd Women’s Hoops Dominates Kentucky Christian, 111-38
Marshall records 26 steals
Box Score (PDF)
Postgame Press Conference
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team ran away with a 111-38 victory over Kentucky Christian, Monday afternoon in the Cam Henderson Center. The Thundering Herd recorded 26 steals including 15 in the first half.
Marshall improves to 4-7 while the Knights fall to 7-9.
“It was a good day and we needed that,” Herd head coach Tony Kemper said. “It’s good to get everybody significant minutes in the game. I thought for the most part that we had pretty good energy. We were 25-to-9 in assist-to-turnover ratio, so we shared the ball well.
“It was a good overall day and we’re ready to move on to Tennessee State.”
It was the first time since Jan. 17, 2013 at Tulsa that Marshall recorded at least 15 steals in a game. Every player for Marshall who saw time on the floor recorded at least one steal, except for sophomore Ashley Saintigene who contributed four blocks. Redshirt senior Talequia Hamilton and junior Shayna Gore both recorded career-highs of seven steals each. Freshman Taylor Pearson had a career-best three. Redshirt sophomore Tana Driver and sophomore Mychelle Johnson had two thefts each. Johnson, a transfer from Middle Tennessee, saw her first action of the season and also added six assists, four points and four rebounds.
Every player for the Herd also scored in the game except for one. Hamilton led the team in scoring with a season-high 25 on 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) shooting. Hamilton added eight boards and one block in 22 minutes of action. Gore put up her fifth 20-point performance of the season with 23 and moved ahead of Olympic Medalist Lea Ann Parsley (1986-90) for 17th all-time on Marshall’s scoring charts with 1,060. Driver and junior Ekaterina Zhibareva both chipped in a career-high 12 points each.
Sophomore Jovana Vucetic set a career-mark with eight rebounds.
The Herd held a 12-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 28-16. Marshall then dominated the second quarter 31-4 to take a 59-20 lead into the half. Hamilton (17) and Gore (14) both scored in double-figures in the first half while Hamilton grabbed five steals.
In the third quarter the Knights shot 50 percent (5-of-10) from the field but the Herd outscored Kentucky Christian 24-11 in the quarter to build the lead to 52, 83-31. Marshall held the Knights under 10 points again in the fourth (7) as the Herd pushed the lead to 73 for the final score.
Marshall dominated in the paint with 72 points to KCU’s 16. The Herd won the rebounding battle 54-17 and scored 44 points off turnovers.
The Thundering Herd returns to the court on Thursday, Dec. 21 at Tennessee State in Nashville. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. eastern time.