Herd Women Move to 5-0 with 23-Point Win Over Morehead State
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. ? The Marshall women?s basketball team continued its hot start with an 84-61 win over Morehead State on Friday at the Cam Henderson Center to move to 5-0 on the season.
The Thundering Herd was led by a 10-point, six-assist night from junior L?erin Scott (Georgetown, Ky.). The St. Catherine Junior College transfer was 4-for-5 from the floor, including 2-for-2 from downtown. Senior Catie Knable (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) posted her second straight double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Marshall never trailed the Ohio Valley Conference?s Lady Eagles (1-3), jumping out to a 6-0 lead after the opening tip on consecutive field goals by Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (Houston, Texas), Teyonka Hodge (Washington, D.C.) and Amy Smith (Ramstein, Germany). The Herd grabbed its largest lead, 29 points, at the 1:53 mark of the second half in a game they dominated on both ends of the court, but showed exceptional eagerness on the defensive end.
?We?re glad to get this win and put the Wake Forest game behind us,? Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said, referring to the Herd?s Tuesday win over the Atlantic Coast Conference squad. ?I thought we might come out flat tonight after that game, but we were able to pull through, especially with our defense.?
Shepard-Hall tied for the game?s leading scorer honors with Morehead State?s Megen Gearhart with 12 points apiece. Hodge chipped in with a season-high eight points and three assists, rebounds and steals for MU. The freshman point guard also dazzled the crowd with an array of crossover moves in order to drive to the middle of the lane and dump the ball into the hoop after recording a steal in the Morehead State end of the court.
?We changed to our press in the first half, which affected their offense, then the second half turned into a free throw shooting contest, so there wasn?t much continuity to this game,? Chadwick said.
Herd freshman Modupe Ishola (Washington, D.C.) contributed six points, two steals and a team season-high two blocks coming off the bench for Chadwick. Mary Pat Statler (New Cumberland, W.Va.) rounded out the Marshall double-digit scorers with 10 points, six of which came from three-point land.
MSU?s Gearhart added five assists and two steals while senior Kandi Brown scored 11 points in the loss.
All five of Marshall's wins have been of the double-digit variety, and the 5-0 start is the program's best in over 26 years.
Marshall will take nine days off before resuming its season-opening, non-conference schedule when it welcomes another OVC team, the defending champion Austin Peay Lady Govs, to the Henderson Center on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.