HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team improves to 3-0 after a tough battle with Rhode Island, winning 72-62 inside the Cam Henderson Center Wednesday night.
Rhode Island (0-2) came out firing first getting a corner 3-pointer for the first score. Then the Herd went on a 10-0 run bolstered by two 3-pointers from senior Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.). Marshall dominated much of the first period leading by 13 at the buzzer and scoring 20 points or more in a quarter for the seventh time this season.
In the second, the Rams went on a 12-0 run during a 3:35 stretch to help close the gap to a three point Marshall lead. Senior Leah Scott (Detroit, Mich.) finally snapped the streak battling inside for a hard earned layup. The Herd still held the lead at the half 35-29.
At the start of the second half, it was Marshall’s turn to come out on fire. Victrum hit a quick three and then was immediately followed by redshirt sophomore Taylor Porter (Fort Gay, W.Va.) hitting a jumper and giving the Herd five points in only 33 seconds.
As the game entered the final quarter, Marshall was holding on to a six point lead. The Herd maintained the hold on the Rams following some good clock management, tough defense and free throw shooting. Marshall was sent to the line nine times in the fourth quarter as three players for the Rams fouled out.
The Herd defense held tight on the reigning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, guard Charise Wilson. Wilson ended up in double figures with 12 points as she hit three 3-pointers in the second half before being the first Ram to foul out.
Head Coach Matt Daniel was pleased overall with his young squad’s performance.
“I’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day of the week. This was the third game in a row in which someone different stepped up. I thought we executed our defensive plays well and did a good job battling. We were able to be the aggressive team and still manage the game,” he said.
Junior Kiana Evans (Huntington, W.Va.) and Victrum both set new single game career highs with four steals each. For Evans, all four came in the first half frustrating the Rhode Island players. As a team Marshall notched 14 steals and forced Rhode Island into 21 turnovers.
Logan’s Shayna Gore, a Herd freshman, had 10 points in the game. She was 3-for-8 from 3-point land and also sank a free throw. Gore also had three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
“The defense did really well,” Coach Daniel said. “We didn’t play a perfect game but we tried to execute the game plan the best we possibly could. We have some room to grow but I loved our hustle tonight.”
With her four made three’s, Victrum moved passed Amanda Eddinger (1990-94) for ninth place all-time with 92 for her career.
Next up for the Herd is a home contest with NJIT, Sunday Nov. 22. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.