Marshall women’s basketball blows out Georgia Southern

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall Women’s Basketball punctuated one of the greatest regular seasons in program history with a resounding 90-43 win over Georgia Southern in front of 2,791 fans at Cam Henderson Center on Friday evening.

The win tied Marshall with the 1986-87 team for the most regular season wins in team history (23).

Marshall is now 23-6 overall and finished at 17-1 in Sun Belt Conference play.

“(The seniors) have had a great year so we just want to send them off in the way that they deserve,” Marshall Women’s Basketball Coach Kim Caldwell said. “Today’s game, I think our whole team rallied and played hard, and I think that was for those seniors.”

Marshall’s three seniors – Abby BeemanBreanna Campbell and Tamia Lawhorne – were honored on the court once the game was over as fans stuck around the Henderson Center to take pictures and get autographs from one of the best teams in program history.

Marshall is the No. 1 seed going into next week’s Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Pensacola, Florida. The Herd received a double-bye and will meet the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between Georgia State and App State at 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the Pensacola Bay Center. To see the tournament bracket, click HERE.

On Friday, the Herd left no doubt as they frustrated Georgia Southern leading scorer Terren Ward into a 3-for-17 shooting night while forcing the Eagles into 32 turnovers, which turned into 43 points on the other end.

Marshall’s defensive effort was the second fewest points allowed by the Herd this season, trailing only the Feb. 7 win over Louisiana (74-42).

Marshall’s defensive success was predicated on its effort to keep Georgia Southern – one of the nation’s top offensive rebounding teams – off the glass. The Thundering Herd owned a 53-38 edge on the glass and allowed just nine second-chance points to the Eagles.

In addition to keeping Georgia Southern off the offensive glass, Marshall dominated that aspect, collecting 28 offensive rebounds in the game, which led to a 22-9 edge in second-chance points.

“We rebounded the ball very, very well and that was our No. 1 focus coming into the game,” Caldwell said. “That’s the No. 1 offensive rebounding team in the country and we talked a lot about that we can’t win our tournament if we can’t rebound. That’s a point of emphasis for us coming away from this game.”

The game was also the third straight game and eighth time in 18 SBC games that Marshall eclipsed the 90-point mark.

Marshall featured a balanced attack on Friday with six players connecting for at least four field goals in the win. Beeman, Aislynn Hayes and Sydni Scott all had 13 points each while Meredith Maier added 11 and Campbell added 10.

Beeman also had nine assists while Campbell added eight rebounds and Scott recorded a team-best five steals.

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