HUNTINGTON – The Marshall women’s basketball team improved to 5-0 after taking down Cornell 73-47 in the Cam Henderson Center, Friday afternoon.
“Our team did a great job,” Head Coach Matt Daniel said. “Last year when we played them there (at Cornell’s home court) their bench players had that efficiency, and they won the game. We felt like that was the game that possibly kept us out of the WNIT last year, and we’re just keeping track of things, but we played pretty well as a team tonight.”
The first quarter was a battle with both teams trading 8-0 runs. Senior Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) got the Herd going on the offensive side with two quick 3-pointers. With time winding down, redshirt sophomore Taylor Porter (Fort Gay, W.Va.) hit a three of her own to give Marshall the lead and then freshman Shayna Gore (Logan, W.Va.) found redshirt junior Talequia Hamilton (Huntington, W.Va.) under the basket on an inbound pass that Hamilton dropped in the bucket at the buzzer. The Herd took the lead at 18-14 and never looked back.
Marshall outscored Cornell 16-9 in the second quarter to go in 34-23 at the half. Hamilton led the Herd with 12 points in the first half along with four rebounds and draining her first three of the season. The Herd defense stifled the interior game of the Big Red holding Cornell to only 10 points in the paint in the first half.
Throughout the second half, Marshall continued to get key contributions from several players up and down the roster. Four players ended up in double figures. Hamilton led all scorers with 16, Gore scored 15 and Porter had 13. Senior Leah Scott (Detroit, Mich.) chipped in with 12 to make it 15 consecutive games with double digits.
“We turned it over a bit too much,” coach Daniel said. “That had to do with the young ones getting on the floor late. It’s just a good win.”
No Marshall player finished with more than five rebounds, but the Herd outrebounded Cornell 40-34 as just about every player who logged minutes on the floor for Marshall fought hard on the glass. Hamilton and junior Kiana Evans (Huntington, W.Va) had five boards each.
Victrum finished the game with eight points giving her 751 for her career. Scott’s 12 moves her career total to 921, just 79 points away from becoming the 19th player in program history with 1,000.
Coach Daniel is very pleased with what he has seen out of his young players and the way they fought against Cornell. “The future’s bright. I feel like it’s going to get brighter. We are a talented bunch.”
Next up for the Herd will be the final contest out of a five-game home stand as Alabama A&M comes to the Cam Henderson Center on Saturday Dec. 5. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.