DENTON, Texas — Shayna Gore scored a game-high 23 points, including a 7-for-8 clip from the free throw line, to lead visiting Marshall to a 60-57 win over host North Texas Saturday at the UNT Coliseum.
The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Thundering Herd, who improved its record to 13-16 overall and 5-13 in Conference USA. The Mean Green dropped to 11-18 and 8-10 in the league.
It was an impressive victory for Marshall against a North Texas team that was playing for seed (when the game started) and on its Senior Day. The Thundering Herd is locked in as the 12 seed in next week’s Conference USA Tournament.
Talequia Hamilton added 11 points for the Thundering Herd, while Kiana Evans had seven rebounds and Logan Fraley had three steals.
Tyara Warren led the Mean Green with 19 points (8-for-12 shooting) and Terra Ellison and Terriell Bradley posted 14 points apiece. Bradley had three blocks but also six of the team’s 16 turnovers. Ellison notched a game-high eight rebounds. Jada Poland led the team with four steals. Kelsey Criner had four assists, but struggled to a 2-for-9 (1-for-6 from downtown) shooting performance.
Marshall won the rebounding battle 35-34 and had a 12-5 edge in fast break points.
Free throws were big in this game, as the Thundering Herd went to the line nine more times (16 to 9) and shot 75 percent. Neither team made a field goal in the last two minutes of the contest.
The second quarter ended up being huge for Marshall, a stanza where it held a 19-11 advantage. The Thundering Herd shot 54.5 percent (6-for-11), while North Texas made just 35.7 percent (5-for-14).
The Mean Green trailed 58-57 when Candice Adams launched a 30-footer from the right wing with 35 seconds left. She missed and Marshall’s Evans rebounded. Evans was fouled and made one free throw. NT’s Bradley was then called for a travel on the ensuing possession and Evans made another freebie for the final margin.
“It was a pretty resilient team effort today and a lot better, on the whole, this weekend,” said Marshall coach Matt Daniel. Hopefully, we are starting to mature as we try to survive and advance just like every other team in our league this time of year. Our goal is first stop and first score, and go 1-0.”
The Thundering Herd’s first-round opponent and game time on Wednesday in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament (Birmingham, Ala.) will be officially announced later Saturday by the league office.