Huntington, WV -- The Herd kept fans on the edge of their seats this evening as they took on the Rhode Island Rams in their third home game of the season. Redshirt senior, Leah Scott, led her team to a 72-62 victory over the Rams, reaching double figures for her 13th straight game.
Marshall fans have come to expect the quick start that they witnessed at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, West Virginia, with Marshall leading 23-10. Despite a broken nose, Norisha Victrum led Marshall in the first quarter with six quick points in the first two minutes of play. Rhode Island struggled to put numbers on the board after the Herd went on a 15-2 run.
The tables turned in the second quarter when the Rams went on a 13-2 run. Morgan Johnson led Rhode Island with six points in the second quarter. Although Rhode Island gained momentum, Marshall was able to keep the lead. Not surprising, Marshall was led by Leah Scott's seven-point second quarter and ended the first half on top, 35-29.
The battle continued into the third quarter, but Marshall was able to sustain the lead. Both Victrum and Samatha Tabakman led their teams in the quarter with six points and both teams closed out the quarter with 14 points. The Herd remained on top, 49-43.
Rhode Island tried to put up a fight in the fourth quarter, but early foul trouble for the Rams put Marshall at the free throw line 10 times resulting in 12points for the Herd. Rhode Island couldn't respond, and Marshall took the win, 72-62, improving their overall record to 3-0.
Although Victrum had to sport a face mask in tonight's game, she said it didn't phase her.
"When I walked into the gym I felt the energy, and I wanted to win," Victrum said. "I wasn't going to let the face mask stop me."
Marshall's head coach Matt Daniel said he was pleased with the outcome of tonight's game.
"I'll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day of the week," Daniel said. "I got a team win tonight, and I'm really fired up about it."
After recently losing her grandmother, Scott still managed to lead the Herd with 19-points while Victrum closely followed with 15-points.
Tabakman and Dominique Ward both led Rhode Island with 14-points followed by Charise Wilson, who contributed 12-points.
Marshall will host NJIT on Nov. 22, as they look to remain undefeated and improve its record to 4-0.