Herd Women Get First Win In OT At Morehead St

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Late heroics by Meagan Samis and Alyssa Hammond helped the Thundering Herd women's basketball team to a thrilling 83-79 overtime win on the road at Morehead State on Wednesday night. The win marks the first of the season for Marshall (1-3). Following the game, head coach Royce Chadwick was proud of the effort.

"We've played really good basketball for 35 minutes in every game," Chadwick said. "In this game, we didn't play well the first 35, but we played well the last five and that's what counts." Down 63-55 with 40 seconds left in regulation, the Herd began its miraculous comeback with two free throws by Casey Baker. After Morehead State (1-3) made one of two at the line, Baker struck again, hitting a three to make it a 60-64 game. Following another made free throw by MSU, Meg Withrow hit a three, her first field goal of the night to bring the Herd to within two.

Tarah Combs of MSU hit two free throws to extend the Eagle lead to four with 12 seconds left, but Marshall did not give up, as Meagan Samis countered with a three. Following two more free throws made by Tarah Combs, the Herd found itself down three with just under six seconds left. On the final trip down the floor, Withrow fed Samis, who knocked down a three at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

The Herd would not be denied in the extra period, leading from start to finish. Alyssa Hammond took the game over, scoring seven straight points to seal the game. Kizzy Hart and Casey Baker also combined for seven points in the extra period as the Herd finished off Morehead State, 83-79.

For the first time this season, Marshall did not go into the locker room leading at the half, as they found themselves tied at 32 at the break. The Herd dominated the game early on, scoring the first six points of the game while holding the Eagles without a field goal until the 15:13 mark. Hammond and Samis had the hot hand early in the contest. Hammond scored eight in the period, including six-straight.

Samis led all scorers with 12 in the first stanza, including two threes in a row. Her lay-up ten minutes in gave Marshall its largest lead of the period, 20-12, however, Morehead State would turn the tables in the latter part of the half, outscoring the Herd 20-12 before halftime. The Eagles used the three-point shot to their advantage, knocking down six in the first half, including three-straight in just over a minute. Marshall led from the start until the 2:02 mark when MSU took a 32-30 lead on a Chynna Bozeman three. Baker hit two free throws with nine seconds left to tie the game.

Morehead State opened up the second half scoring the first four points to take a 36-32 lead before a run by Marshall made it a 37-36 game in their favor with just over 15 minutes left. The Eagles made a run of their own, 16-3, to take a 52-40 lead. Marshall would close it to within six, 54-48, following two threes by Hart with six minutes left, and later to 57-55 with three minutes left thanks to yet another three by Hart. Morehead State extended its lead to 63-56 in the last minute until Marshall's late charge sent the game into overtime.

Samis had her best game of the young season, tallying 18 points. After scoring 12 in the first half, she was kept off of the scoreboard until late in the second half when her two three-pointers made the difference. Baker also had 18 points, a career high, while Hammond notched 16 points, her top effort of the year. She scored seven of 14 Marshall points in the overtime period. Hart rounded out the double-digit scorers, tallying a career-high 16. Kendra King fell just short of her fourth career double-double, grabbing a team-high ten boards to go along with eight points. For the Eagles, Chynna Bozeman led the way with 21 points. Tarah Combs was not too far behind, scoring 18. Afton Perry grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds, 13 coming on the defensive end.

Following its longest season-opening road trip in six years, the Herd will finally Saturday will mark the home opener for the Herd as it will play host to Niagara at 1 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center, prior to the Marshall-UAB football season ending game at 4:30 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

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