Marshall seniors set record in Herd win

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Marshall’s senior backcourt tandem of Taylor Porter and Shayna Gore rewrote part of the school’s record book in an 87-42 rout by the Thundering Herd over visiting FIU Thursday afternoon in the Cam Henderson Center.

Marshall improved to 16-13 overall and finished Conference USA play with a 10-6 record, its highest league win total since joining in 2005-06. FIU dropped to 5-24 and 2-14.

Porter drilled a school-record 10 3-pointers (on 12 attempts) en route to a career-high 30 points. As a team, Marshall made 18 shots from downtown, which was also a school record. Porter’s 10 triples were one off the Conference USA record of 11 by Middle Tennessee’s KeKe Stewart (1/8/14) and Kat Wright (1/30/16).

Gore scored 29 points and made 12 field goals to go with eight rebounds and six assists. Porter also had seven rebounds. Khadaijia Brooks notched her seventh career double-double with 11 points and 10 caroms.

FIU was led by Ce’Nara Skanes, who had a double-double of her own with 10 points and 11 rebounds. She also posted four steals.

Marshall hounded the Panthers into just a 3-for-26 effort (11.5 percent) from 3-point range and outrebounded the visitors 53-34, including a 17-6 advantage on the offensive end.

The Thundering Herd made half as many turnovers (8 to 16), and turned those FIU miscues into a 24-4 edge in points off turnovers.

“These two … I’ve said the same thing all year about them,” said Marshall head coach Tony Kemper in reference to Porter and Gore. “They really like to play and love to compete. Sometimes they wear that on their sleeves a little too much, but they both brought tremendous crowds from their hometowns tonight, as they always do.”

“Our team played well tonight and played hard. I thought we did a better job on the glass in the early part of the game. We boxed out and held them to one shot and were off to the races.”