Kevin Gertz always thought Shayna Gore could be the kind of impact player who could contribute right away as a freshman.
Gore is doing just that at Marshall University.
Gore, who graduated from Logan High School last year and is a 5-foot-9 guard for the Herd, is averaging 16.4 points per game for 5-0 Marshall.
She started off with a bang in her collegiate opener as she scored 27 points in the Herd’s 104-101 win at Morehead State. Since then, Gore has tallied 13, 10, 17 and 15 points in four more wins.
Marshall looks to make it 6-0 on the season with Saturday afternoon’s home game against winless Alabama A&M.
Gore is in the top 10 in C-USA in scoring and is also in the top 10 in field goal percentage (.569) despite being a perimeter player. Gore is hitting.379 behind the 3-point arc. Gore also averages 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and has nine steals in 27 minutes of play per game.
“She’s unbelievable,” Gertz said. “I’ve seen her play four times including the exhibition game. If I’m not mistaken I think that she is the leading scorer on the team after five games. If not, she’s number two. They’re 5-0 and hopefully they will be 6-0 after Saturday’s game.”
Gertz said Gore has made a seamless transition to the college game. Gore left Logan High School last season with 1,991 career points — the most for any girl or boy in school history.
“What I like is that she is scoring like crazy. She has scored in double figures in every game,” Gertz said. “That’s unbelievable to do that in college. One game she had 10 points and shot just four times and made a couple foul shots. She’s leading her team in field goal percentage. She’s fourth and fifth in amount of shots. She’s the best shooter that they have.”
Gertz said Gore has also stepped up her defense with the Herd.
“What I am most proud of is that she has turned into their best defender,” he said. “The last three games that she has played, I’ve seen them all, and the person that she is defending has not scored a single point. I always knew she could do it but we always had to rely so much on her shooting and she was just too worn out to do it. She led is in steals, too, but just for her to shut people down she didn’t have the energy. She’s doing that now and I’m proud of her.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).