Marshall Women Top Tennessee State

Marshall's women's basketball team improved to 3-0 on the young season and won the opening round game in the Fifth Third Classic, 78-56, over Tennessee State. Marshall will play Louisiana-Monroe, a 59-57 winner over Morgan State, the school that gave Marshall's men's basketball team its first loss today in Daytona, Fla.

The Herd (3-0) was led by sophomore forward Tynikki Crook, who had 14 points, two rebounds, two steals and a block. Junior Angelica "Stick" Harris led the Herd with 18 points in the game while senior guard Casey Baker gave the Herd 13 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals.

The Herd shot an amazing 66 percent in the game, hitting 27-of-41 field goals. Marshall was even better behind the arc, hitting 7-of-10 or 70 percent. Meanwhile, TSU was as cold as the weather in the Tri-State the past few days. Tennessee State shot just 28 percent (16-of-57) and was worse from three at 22 percent (6-of-27). The Herd led in rebounding by one, 32-31, although Marshall obviously did not have many offensive rebounding chances, three, with only 14 missed shots.

Harris hit 7-of-8 shots, 3-of-4 from three-point range, while Baker, junior forward Chantelle Handy (eight points) and Crook each knocked down 4-of-5 shots. Handy led the Herd on the glass with six boards. Senior Alix Barnette came off the bench with 3-of-6 shooting for eight points. In all, ten of 12 players for Marshall ended the evening with points.

Morgan State will face Tennessee State in the early game on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Henderson Center, while Marshall will battle UL-Monroe for the Fifth Third title at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

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