Dec. 31, 2013
Final Stats | Quotes | Postgame Press Conference
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nine of the Thundering Herd's 11 active players found the scoreboard, with four finishing in double digits, as Marshall defended its home court on New Year's Eve by defeating Davis & Elkins, 86-72, Tuesday afternoon at Cam Henderson Center.
With the win, Marshall ended the 2013 calendar year with a 6-6 record. D&E fell to 2-10, 1-0 in the G-MAC. The Herd finished 2013-14 home non-conference play at 6-4.
Using the same starters as the last three games, Marshall opened on a 15-to-3 run, holding the Senators scoreless from the 18:37 mark until 13:51. The Herd quickly pulled players off the bench, with Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) returning for the first time since Dec. 9. Ezeigbo missed four games due to a family emergency.
Marshall held a 12-point lead twice in the first half, but the Senators fought back and cut the Herd's lead to 40-35 at the break. D&E found momentum at the beginning of the second half, going up by two points at 42-40 with 18 minutes left to play. The score would tie five times with three lead changes within the next 10 minutes, until the Herd finally pushed ahead, 61-59, with 8:14 to go.
Junior AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) played a pivotal role in the Herd's second-half momentum, grabbing two crucial steals and making one assist in the Herd's fight to keep the lead with 7:24 remaining. She scored eight of her 12 points in the second half, including two three-pointers. Marshall's largest lead of 16 came with 5:21 on the clock, 75-59. Despite D&E's 10-to-0 run from 5:08 to 3:26, the Herd held on to win by 14, with the buzzer sounding at 86-72 in Marshall's favor.
Leah Scott (Detroit) sunk 14 of her career-high 20 points in the second period, and freshman Chelsey Romeo tied her career high of 16. Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) added 12 to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers. Freshman guard Enjonae Chambers (Conway, Ark.) scored her first collegiate points and added a steal in two minutes played.
Davis & Elkins held the rebounding advantage, 46-33, but scored only 26 points in the paint to the Herd's 60. Marshall committed only eight turnovers, the fewest since turning the ball over eight times versus Houston, Feb. 26, 2009. The Herd used the Senators' 26 turnovers to score 40 points, and held D&E to zero fast-break points. Marshall's 86 points matches its season-high, scoring the same versus WVU Tech, Dec. 9. Its 12 steals is also a season-high mark.
Next, Marshall will play its first away game in 54 days at NJIT, Sunday, Jan. 5, in Newark, N.J. For all the latest information about Marshall women's basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.