Basketball

Gore Has 23, Herd Wins At North Texas To Break 9-game Losing Streak

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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.

Gore had help in the win from senior Talequia Hamilton scoring 11 points, six rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block. Fellow Huntington senior Kiana Evans had seven points and seven rebounds while Logan Fraley had three steals and three points. Taylor Porter had nine points with six rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

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. The Herd will play No. 5 seed Charlotte, on Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT / 4 p.m. EST at UAB’s Gene Bartow Arena (the MU men play the 8/9 p.m. CT/ET game that night against Florida Atlantic in the Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, so fans in Alabama for the tournament will be able to see both teams play).

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). Marshall won the rebounding battle 35-34 and had a 12-5 edge in fast break points.

“It was a pretty resilient team effort today and a lot better, on the whole, this weekend,” Marshall coach Matt Daniel said. “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.”

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.

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. North Texas’ Bradley was then called for a travel on the ensuing possession and Evans made another free throw for the final margin, 60-57.

Marshall Women at the C-USA Basketball Championships All-Time

Record 8-11: First Round 5-6; Quarterfinals 3-2; Semifinals 0-3; Championship 0-0.

OT Games 2-1

Year and City held — Games Played, Results

2017 BIRMINGHAM, Ala.

Round 1 No. 12 Marshall vs. No. 5 Charlotte

2016 BIRMINGHAM, Ala.

Round 1 No. 6 Marshall vs. No. 14 FIU W, 76-44; Quarterfinal No. 6 Marshall vs. No. 3 WKU W, 66-63; Semifinal No. 6 Marshall vs. No. 2 Middle Tennessee L, 69-41

2015 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Round 1 No. 9 Marshall vs. No. 8 Charlotte L, 67-52

2014 EL PASO, Texas Round 1 No. 16 Marshall vs. No. 9 Florida Atlantic W, 80-73; Round 2 No. 16 Marshall vs. No. 8 UAB L, 79-63

2013 TULSA, Okla. Round 1 No. 12 Marshall vs. No. 5 UTEP L, 70-59

2012 MEMPHIS, Tenn. Round 1 No. 7 Marshall vs. No. 10 SMU L, 53-52

2011 EL PASO, Texas Round 1 No. 10 Marshall vs. No. 7 UAB L, 56-45

2010 TULSA, Okla. Round 1 No. 9 Marshall vs. No. 8 UCF L, 59-57 (OT)

2009 NEW ORLEANS, La. Round 1 No. 7 Marshall vs. No. 10 Memphis W, 76-57; Quarterfinal No. 7 Marshall vs. No. 2 UTEP W, 72-70 (OT); Semifinal No. 7 Marshall vs. No. 3 Southern Miss L, 56-54

2008 ORLANDO, Fla. Round 1 No. 6 Marshall vs. No. 11 Tulane W, 65-58; Quarterfinal No. 6 Marshall vs. No. 3 UAB W, 71-69 (OT); Semifinal No. 6 Marshall vs. No. 2 SMU L, 68-59

2007 TULSA, Okla. Round 1 No. 8 Marshall vs. No. 9 Houston L, 71-58

2006 DALLAS, Texas Round 1 No. 5 Marshall vs. No. 12 Memphis W, 80-73; Quarterfinal No. 5 Marshall vs. No. 4 Southern Miss L, 60-58

About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).

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