Herd Women Dominate the Eagles in 50-point Win
Starting five for Marshall combined for 85-of-96 points
Box Score (PDF)
Coach Kemper and Players Postgame Press Conference
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team led from the beginning to the end in a 50-point victory over the Alice Lloyd Eagles, Saturday afternoon in the Cam Henderson Center. It was Marshall’s final non-conference game of the season.
“That was a good day,” Herd head coach Tony Kemper said. “We did a lot of things to Alice Lloyd to hold a good offensive team to just 46 points. I was very happy with that. (Alice Lloyd) shoots the three very well and they were only 3-of-22 today. I think a lot of the credit goes to how our team responded to how we needed to guard them.
“We were up on the three-point line and they didn’t get as many off as they wanted to and the ones they did get off, they were pretty uncomfortable shooting. And once you force them into a tough shot you have to go get the rebound. Which we did.”
The Herd defense stifled an Eagles squad that had been averaging 87 points and 10 made three-pointers per game.
The Thundering Herd’s starting five combined for 85 of Marshall’s 96 in the win with all five hitting double-figures for the first time this season. Junior Shayna Gore led all scorers with 23, her sixth 20-point output of the season and 19th of her career. Gore now has 1,102 points and is 15th all-time. Junior Ekaterina Zhibareva put up a career-high 21 on 9-of-15 shooting and grabbed six boards. Redshirt senior Talequia Hamilton recorded her fourth double-double of the year with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Freshmen Taylor Pearson and Kristen Mayo chipped in 12 points each. Pearson added a career-best six boards.
Off the bench, Mychelle Johnson grabbed five rebounds and added three assists, three steals and led the Herd in blocks with two. Johnson has produced two or more steals in each of the last three games since becoming eligible after transferring from Middle Tennessee State. Freshman Brianna Toney scored a career-high five points and one blocked shot in five minutes of work. Redshirt sophomore Tana Driver tied for the team lead with four assists, added two steals.
Both teams started off slowly in the first quarter as neither team scored until the 8:27 mark when Hamilton hit two free throws. Gore then started draining shots as the junior finished the quarter 5-of-7 from the floor and 3-of-4 from three. Gore hit double-digits in points halfway through the period and passed Saundra Fullen (1,082 points from 1978-80) for 16th on the all-time scoring list at the 6:35 mark. Marshall ended the first leading 24-12.
The Herd started the second quarter on a 7-0 run through the first two minutes and then had another 7-0 run from 7:38 to 4:51 left in the half. Marshall shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) and drained four more three-pointers. Hamilton scored her 850th career point with a jumper at the 5:20 mark. Gore moved into 15th place all-time with 8:35 left in the second, passing Marshall Athletics Hall of Famer Deanna Carter-Natale (1,094 points from 1978-82). The Herd went in at the break leading by 25, 49-24.
Marshall improved its shooting percentage in the third period, hitting 11-of-15 from the field (73.3 percent) as the Herd continued to pull away. The Eagles shot just 31.3 percent (5-of-16) and Marshall led 76-37.
In the fourth, Marshall ran off a 9-0 run over four minutes. The Herd extended its lead to 40-plus on the way to building up to the 50-point lead with just under one minute to go. Marshall scored 54 points in the paint and 31 points off 18 Alice Lloyd turnovers. The Herd outrebounded the Eagles 46-26. Every Herd player who stepped on the floor recorded at least one rebound.
“I thought the start of the game was key,” coach Kemper said “We got off to a fast start and then coming out of the half we did the same thing. Maybe any hope that (Alice Lloyd) had in playing with us, we snuffed that out pretty quickly. But they are a good scoring team. One of the best in NAIA and they are a very capable team.”
Marshall begins Conference USA action with a trip down to Florida. First up, Marshall takes on the Florida Atlantic Owls on Friday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. Then the Herd travels to FIU to play the Panthers on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. Marshall’s first home conference game is set for Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m., against Louisiana Tech.