HUNTINGTON — After lighting up the scoreboard for 40 total points in her first two collegiate contests for the Herd, Shayna Gore (Logan, W.Va.) was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week.
Head Coach Matt Daniel is very pleased with the play of his young guard.
“I’m happy for her and believe she earned it,” Coach Daniel said. “She is fun to watch and fun to coach.”
Gore is shooting 71.4 percent from the floor going 15 of 21 and 50 percent from beyond the arc (5-10). She scored 27 points in her debut at Morehead State to help lead the Herd to a 104-101 victory. She added five defensive rebounds helping to take away second chance opportunities from the Eagles.
In Marshall’s home opener against Brescia, Gore was 5 of 7 from the field (71.4 percent) scoring 13 points. The point total was not as high against the Bearcats but her court vision and aggressive play was on full display. Gore finished with four assists, including two from no look passes, four steals and four more rebounds on the defensive side again.
After the first two games Gore is off to a fast start and so is the Herd. Marshall is averaging 98 points a game thus far. And that is with freshmen contributing a total of 103 minutes played in the first two matchups. Add in 45 minutes from redshirt junior Talequia Hamilton (Huntington, W.Va.) and 54 minutes by redshirt sophomore Taylor Porter (Fort Gay, W.Va.) and that is 202 combined minutes by players who did not play Division I basketball in 2014-15.
“All of this youth and inexperience on our roster is giving me more gray hair, but they are an entertaining group to be around,” Coach Daniel said in speaking about his team’s youth and energy. “Hopefully, our support will continue to grow and become contagious. I would imagine we will have others achieve these type of things throughout the year if our team continues to improve.”
Next up for Gore and the Herd is against the Rhode Island Rams Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.