Marshall Women Win At North Texas

DENTON, Texas - Herd senior Kizzy Hart scored a career-high 23 points as the Marshall women's basketball team took down North Texas in dominating fashion, 82-70, Tuesday night at the Super Pit in Texas. The Mean Green jumped out to a lead early in the game, but it was all Marshall from that point on as they would jump on top of North Texas and lead the rest of the way to pick-up its fourth win.

For the seventh time in eight games thus far, Marshall held a lead at halftime, up 44-30 at the break. After spotting North Texas (5-5, 0-0 Sun Belt) a 6-4 lead two minutes into the game, the Herd took control of the contest. Following a bucket by Kizzy Hart that knotted the score at six, the Herd was off to the races, going on an 18-8 run to take a ten point lead halfway through the period. The lead would reach as many as 15 points with just under a minute left in the half while a late North Texas free throw would cut the halftime lead to 14.

The Mean Green did not give up in the second half, opening with an 8-4 run and eventually cutting the lead to single digits, 56-47, halfway through the period. After going without a point for almost a four-minute stretch, Tynikki Crook hit a pair of free throws to bring the lead back into double-digits. Another North Texas bucket cut the lead to nine once again, however, Marshall (4-4, 0-0 C-USA) responded with a 6-0 run to extend the lead to 15 and it would grow to as many as 18 with 5:48 left in the game. Ten points by Kizzy Hart down the stretch put the game out of reach for the Mean Green.

Hart's total of 23 marked the most points scored by a Marshall player this season and also the first 20-point game since Meg Withrow had 20 against East Carolina on January 28. Casey Baker, not to be overshadowed by Hart, also set a first for the team this season, notching the first double-double since Modupe Ishola did it against UCF last year. Baker scored 14 points to go with a career-high 11 boards. She also tied her career mark of five steals, which she set on Saturday against Pittsburgh.

Rounding out Marshall's four double-digit scorers were Alix Barnette and Tynikki Crook. Barnette had 14 points for the second time in three games and tied her career mark, connecting on three three-pointers. Crook bested her career-high of nine points with 12. Chantelle Handy had a quiet night on the scoring-wise, but quietly had four points, five rebounds and five assists over the course of 37 minutes, tops in her Marshall career.

Amber Jackson, the Mean Green's top scorer entering the night, averaging 13.6 points per game, did not disappoint, scoring 18 points to lead her team. Two stats made the difference for the Herd in Tuesday's win. Entering the game, North Texas led the Sun Belt, averaging 45.2 rebounds per game. Marshall put a stop to that, holding the Mean Green to 31 boards, their lowest total of the season. The other stat was Marshall's shooting percentage of 52.7%, a season high. It marked the second time the Herd shot 50% or better from the field.

The Herd will have a ten-day layoff before returning to action at Ohio University on December 14. Following that game, Marshall will play host to Navy on December 16. The Navy game will also mark the annual Jam The Cam event. That will be the final home game for the Herd until Conference USA play starts in January 2008 with East Carolina coming on to open league play on Jan. 5 at 5 p.m. That game is a double-header with the Marshall men's team, who will host Winthrop at 2 p.m. that day.


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