Pearson helps Herd women’s basketball collect win


Richard Crank

Taylor Pearson shoots the ball during the Herd Madness event back in October.

Junior Taylor Pearson and her success behind the three point line helped lift Marshall University past Coppin State by a score of 60-47 on Tuesday.

“Good to get a win obviously, a bit of a grinder of a game,” Head Coach Tony Kemper said. “I was happy with how hard our offense was, and our defense was pretty consistent.”

Marshall started the game off slow by going 3-16 from the field in the first quarter, and Coppin State took advantage by ending the first quarter up on the Herd, 10-7. 

The Herd came out on fire in the second quarter by scoring 21 points in that quarter alone. They were sparked by Pearson going 3-5 from behind the three point line in the quarter and the team shot 41.2% from the field as well. Marshall locked the Eagles down on defense by only allowing them to score six points in the whole quarter.

“Coach always tells me to keep shooting, and I knew if I started taking the right shots, they would go in eventually,” Pearson said.

Marshall headed into the second half ahead and never showed signs of turning back. The Herd were big in the paint with 11 total blocks for the game while also bringing in 17 total offensive rebounds. Senior Khadaijia Brooks had 10 total rebounds alone, leading the team.

“I think coach putting the emphasis in practice on rebounding in general is what helps me carry over into games, which is what helps me get the results I do,” Brooks said. 

The Herd improve to (3-1) on the season and will be back in action Thursday in the Cam Henderson Center as they are set to take on Morgan State. Coppin State falls to (0-4) and will be traveling upstate to take on West Virginia University on Nov. 21. 

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