Along with Baker, sophomore Tynikki Crook had a fifth-straight double-double, going back to last season when she recorded four double-doubles in a row, with a personal best of 22 points, at MU, and 12 rebounds.
"We did a really good job defensively, I thought we did a good job ofkeeping them off the boards in the first half," Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said. "We were very thin in the post tonight. I thought for the most part Casey Baker was phenomenal and really set the tone for the freshmen on this team." With the win, the Thundering Herd improved to 2-0 in exhibition play after downing the Exodus All Stars by a 78-41 margin last weekend.
Marshall came out of the gates strong, opening up a 16-3 lead over the first eight minutes of the game. After Angelica Harris scored on the opening possession, two free throws by Alyssa Hammond and one by Crook made it a 5-0 game. With the score 7-3, the Herd went on a 9-0 run, thanks in part to consecutive buckets by Rashedah Henriques.
Aside from the stellar performances by Baker and Crook, Andrea Ibezim scored 12 points and once again grabbed six rebounds fter posting eight points and six boards in the exhibition opener. Freshman Rashedah Henriques was much improved in her second game, shooting 4-of-6 from the field for nine points with five boards and three assists. Returners Alix Barnette and Alyssa Hammond had six points apiece.
Marshall will now begin preparations for the regular season, which will open on Friday evening as the Thundering Herd will travel to Boone, N.C. to take on Appalachian State. The game is set for 7 p.m. with the Mountaineers.
Fans who want to travel to the game with the former Southern Conference rival can board a Locker Room Club bus on Friday at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $45 per person, and that includes you transportation and ticket to the game. The bus will stop for a meal on the trip down, and will have fans back in Huntington by 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, in time for the Herd football game at 4:30 p.m.against UCF later on Saturday.
The Herd will have its home opener the following Monday, November 17 against North Texas, a 7 p.m. game part of four days of games for the Herd around Homecoming. On Saturday, Herd fans can catch MU Volleyball at 1 p.m. in the Henderson Center in the final home match of the year, against Southern Miss. At 4:30 p.m., the Herd Football team has an important Conference USA match-up with UCF in the 107th Homecoming game.
On Sunday at 2 p.m., Donnie Jones begins year two with the Men's Basketball team, as the Herd faces the WVU Tech Golden Bears in the home opener. Then on Monday, Women's Basketball will open the home schedule with the Mean Green of UNT at 7 p.m.