Hot Shooting First Half Leads Herd Women to win at Tennessee State
Marshall hit 10-of-13 from three in the first half
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Marshall women’s basketball team won its final non-conference road game of the season, 71-65, over Tennessee State behind a blazing shooting performance in the first half Thursday night. The Thundering Herd knocked down 10 three-pointers in the first half.
“I’m really proud of our team,” Herd head coach Tony Kemper said. “Anytime we go on the road and get a win, that’s a great win. I was so pleased and I coached a different team for the first 20 minutes. Now we just have to learn to string that together.”
Marshall started off the game on fire from beyond the arc. The Herd hit 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) from the outside, 11-of-16 from the field (68.8 percent) and took a 29-10 lead at the end of the first. Junior Shayna Gore hit three 3-pointers in the period and redshirt sophomore Tana Driver was 2-of-2.
In the second, Marshall’s offense cooled just a little hitting 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from the field and took a 25-point lead into the halftime break. Gore and freshman Kristen Mayo both were already in double-figures scoring for the game.
Tennessee State started a furious comeback in the third quarter, outscoring Marshall 20-8 and cutting the Herd lead down to 13. As the Tigers fought back further in the fourth, Marshall shot 40 percent in the quarter to hold out the lead. Marshall’s defense tightened up with five blocks in the fourth.
“This is a game of runs,” coach Kemper said. “I tell them that we need to work on consistency. There were some times we looked really good and sometimes we looked really bad. We need to level off our downs.”
Gore led all Marshall scorers with 19 and Mayo tied her career-high with 14. Redshirt senior Talequia Hamilton scored nine points and added six boards, four blocks and two steals. Sophomore Asheika Alexander scored eight points, dished out four assists and had a career-best three blocked shots. Sophomore Mychelle Johnson in just her second game recorded four steals, all in the second quarter.
Marshall returns to the court on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m., against Alice Lloyd in the Cam Henderson Center. It will be the final non-conference game of the season as the Herd will travel to Florida Atlantic (Jan. 5) and FIU (Jan. 7) to begin Conference USA action.