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"The Herd" tramples the Bearcats; fans 'Jammed the Cam'

The Herd came ready to play from the moment the tipwent up. Fueled by a hot start, Marshall used a collective team effort to win, led by Talequia Hamilton's double double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Photo by Lexi Browning

Huntington, WV -- The Huntington community "Jammed the Cam" this afternoon at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, West Virginia, as the Marshall women's basketball team defeated Brescia University in its second home game of the season. The Herd remains undefeated improving its record to 2-0.

The Herd came out hot going on a 17-0 run in the first quarter. Brescia guard Julie Whitfill managed to finally put her team on the board after breaking up Marshall's 17-point run with a three-pointer near the end of the first quarter. However, the Herd quickly put the Bearcats back in its place, going on another 9-0 run to end the first quarter 26-3. Marshall guard, Kiana Evens led the team with seven points in the first quarter.

Brescia still couldn't seem to break up Marshall's offense going into the second quarter. The Herd scored 11 more consecutive points going on its third run of the game. It wasn't until Haley Cook went in for a lay-up to break up Marshall's run that the Bearcats started to find themselves.

Brescia scored 10 points following Cook's layup; five times as many points as the first quarter. Although the Bearcats were able to create some offensive production, it couldn't compare to Marshall's. Logan Fraley led the Herd with six points in the second quarter putting Marshall on top 49-18 at the end of the first half.

The Herd picked up the third quarter right where they left off. Leah Scott and Taylor Porter combined for five quick points in the first two minutes of the third. The Bearcats were able to scatter eight points on the board throughout the quarter, but Marshall kept the momentum on its side. Leah Scott led the Herd with five points in the third quarter, keeping Marshall on top 67-25.

Whitfill came out in the fourth quarter on fire for Brescia, scoring 12 of the teams 15 points. But that didn't stop the Herd from going on its fourth run of the evening, scoring 13 consecutive points against the Bearcats.

Talequia Hamilton finished off strong for Marshall leading the team with eight points in the fourth quarter. The Herd was victorious over the Bearcats, picking up its third consecutive win, 92-40.

Head coach, Matt Daniel said "he's ecstatic about the support the community has given the team so far this season and that they're a fun group of girls to sit and watch."

"The support we're getting...I'm a little bit overwhelmed by," Daniel said. "Coming from where we've came from in the last few years...it's incredible the support we've been getting from the fan base."

Marshall had a quick turnaround after playing Morehead State nearly 48 hours ago. Daniel said it wasn't easy, but it's something the younger players have to adapt to.

"I think some legs were tired a little bit, but I had to send a message and let them know that this was essentially a conference trip," Daniel said. "The younger players need to know and understand how to prep themselves for this."

Hamilton led the Herd with 17 points and 10 rebounds followed by Conference USA Preseason All-Conference pick, Leah Scott, and Shayna Gore scoring 16 and 13 points respectively. Scott said she couldn't have done it alone.

"I give it all to my teammates because they helped move the ball from side to side which gave me easier looks and a great opportunity to score," Scott said.

Daniel said the team still has a lot of things it needs to work on, but he's proud of the way they came out and competed today.

"We still have a long way to go," Daniel said. "But we're fun to watch, they're fun to coach, and it's a fun job."