Marshall Women’s Basketball Beats Regular Season SBC Champs JMU 71-58

Luke Hamilton, Student Reporter

The Thundering Herd Women’s Basketball team won its last game of the season against JMU on the road. Marshall beat the highest ranked team in the Sun Belt Conference 71-58. 

“We’ve been pretty tough and consistent, but not tough enough to win these,” Coach Tony Kemper said in his opening statement post game. Kemper credited his team’s defense for the win saying, “I thought we went after it physically.”

The Herd had a 20 point lead in the fourth quarter, unlike the previous games which came down to one possession.

Junior guard Abby Beeman led the way for the Herd with 20 points and a three pointer from near half-court. 

The 13 point win at James Madison ties Marshall’s largest leading road win of the season with the other against the University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks on Nov. 21, 2022.. 

The Dukes were able to cut the lead to nine points in the second half, but they could not stop the Thundering Herd’s 16 point run in the final two quarters. 

Defense from Mahogany Matthews helped Marshall win; she had a momentum changing charge in the final quarter.

Roshala Scott had another consistent scoring game with 17; her and Beeman combined had 37 points and 16 rebounds.

“We needed to feel better going into Pensacola,” Kemper said in his closing statements. The Herd was on a four game losing streak coming into the game.

Marshall ended the season with an overall record of 16-13 with nine wins and nine losses in conference play. They move on to play Coastal Carolina in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament on Mar. 1.