HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (11/17/08) Despite a career-high 21 points from Tricia Lee, the Marshall Thundering Herd held off a feisty North Texas women’s basketball team to win 78-69 from the Cam Henderson Center. Lee had five 3-pointers on the night including one with 2:26 remaining to cut the Marshall lead to 70-67.
The Thundering Herd (2-0) though answered back with a lay-up from Alix Barnette and outscored North Texas 9-2 in the final two minutes to pick up the win.
It was a back and forth game that saw North Texas break open a close game in the first half with a 12-3 run to take a 33-26 lead with three minutes to play in the half.
Marshall answered back with a run of its own to end the first half. The Thundering Herd got a basket at the buzzer from Casey Baker to cap off a 10-1 run to close the half and take a 36-34 lead into the break.
North Texas (0-1) came out strong to start the second half taking a six point, 48-42, five minutes in thanks to 10 quick points from guard Brittney James. Marshall had another answer as post Tynikki Crook proved to be a physical presence down low.
Crook fueled a Thundering Herd 9-0 run to give Marshall a 65-57 lead with seven minutes to play. North Texas had one last rally but it came up short.
Crook led all scorers with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Joining Lee in double figures for North Texas was James who had 13, Amber Jackson with 12, and Jo Hall with 11 points.
The Mean Green is back in action next Saturday afternoon with a road game at UMKC.