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Senior guard Norrisha Victrum goes around a defender during a game last season at the Cam Henderson Center.

Senior guard Norrisha Victrum goes around a defender during a game last season at the Cam Henderson Center.

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Senior guard Norrisha Victrum goes around a defender during a game last season at the Cam Henderson Center.

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Marshall University women’s basketball team fell to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Thursday, 64-61, at the Cam Henderson Center.

After trailing the 49ers by 17 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Herd scored 21 points to tie the game at 61.

The score was tied for 15 seconds before Charlotte sophomore Griffin Dempsey, a Huntington, West Virginia native, hit a 3-point shot with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift her team to its 10th win of the season.

Dempsey, who was recruited by Marshall, scored her only points of the game on the final shot.

Marshall senior forward Leah Scott said while Dempsey is a talented player, her shot was unexpected.

Scott led the with 14 points and eight rebounds while only playing six minutes in the first half.

Despite the loss, Scott said the team has to keep moving forward.

“We just didn’t have enough energy in the first half,” Scott said. “And I think we showed that we had a lot more energy in the second half. We just have to keep playing no matter what”.

The team started off slow only scoring 22 points to Charlotte’s 38 in the first half.

Marshall head coach Matt Daniel said his team is talented but inexperienced.

“I have to try to teach them, show them the way and show them the light,” Daniel said.

Aside from Scott, leading scorers for the Herd were redshirt sophomore Taylor Porter and Norrisha Victrum with 11 points each.

Marshall (12-5) will face Old Dominion University (7-11) 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cam Henderson Center.

Danielle Wright can be contacted at [email protected]

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