ODU starts fast, rolls past Herd women, 79-53
NORFOLK, Va. — Apparently, Old Dominion hadn’t forgotten about its loss to Marshall in its Conference USA women’s basketball opener in January.
The Monarchs came out on fire on Saturday afternoon to exact revenge on Marshall, topping the Thundering Herd women 79-53 in Conference USA women’s basketball action at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
The game was a stark contrast to the first meeting between the teams — a 57-48 win for the Herd in Huntington.
In that contest, Marshall (15-13, 9-6 C-USA) was able to limit the 3-point shooting of Old Dominion while jumping out to a large halftime advantage.
On Saturday, the Monarchs turned those tables on the Herd.
The contest was nearly over as quickly as it began with Old Dominion going on a 27-2 run between the first and second quarters to take a commanding 38-9 lead with 6:25 left before halftime.
The early catalyst was Ajah Wayne, who scored 12 points during the run and had 17 in the first half as the Monarchs raced out to a 48-20 halftime advantage.
Wayne combined with fellow guard Aziah Hudson to put on a 3-point clinic in the first half.
Hudson was 5 of 9 from long range in the first half to account for all 15 of her points while Wayne knocked down four 3-pointers before halftime as well.
While the Monarchs were red-hot from the floor, Marshall could not find its range. The Herd shot just 29 percent and had eight turnovers in the first half as Old Dominion pushed its lead out.
When Old Dominion (18-9, 9-6 C-USA) did miss shots, the Monarchs were also active on the offensive glass, securing a 26-13 rebounding advantage at the break and scoring eight second-chance points. The Monarchs outrebounded Marshall 45-36.
Wayne finished with 21 points to lead five Monarchs in double figures. Amari Young got a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Taylor Edwards and Dejah Carter each added 11 points in the win.
Shayna Gore finished with 19 points and was the lone Marshall player in double figures.
Marshall returns to the Cam Henderson Center for its regular-season finale. The Herd will take on Florida International at 6 p.m. on Thursday. It will serve as Senior Day for Marshall.