Taylor Palmer's 17 points paved the way to a 69-57 West Virginia women's basketball victory over Marshall at the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic Tuesday.
The Mountaineers (13-5) held the lead for the entire game, however the Thundering Herd (12-5) came within a single point three times in the second half, with the final time at the 12:34 mark. With WVU in the double bonus, the Mountaineers went on a 14-0 run to pull away with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Marshall never gave up, cutting the deficit to single digits, 63-54, with 5:13 left. The Thundering Herd continued to cut the lead down to six points, but free throws allowed West Virginia to pull back out and seal the win.
"Give Marshall a lot of credit," coach Mike Carey said. "We were out-rebounded, we turned it over and we let them back in the game and we can't do that. We have to get better at that."
Palmer led all players in scoring as she sunk three 3-pointers and was 6-of-8 from the free throw line. For her efforts she was named the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic Player of the Game for the Mountaineers.
Behind Palmer, Brooke Hampton had 14 points with a pair of threes and 8-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Christal Caldwell rounded out the top three WVU scorers as she had 13 points.
Caldwell led WVU on the boards with nine rebounds, but the Herd was successful in out-rebounding the Mountaineers 44-33.
WVU earned 32 points off free throws as it shot 80 percent (32-40) from the line, while Marshall went 78.6 percent with 22 points from the line. The Mountaineers were 36.4 percent (16-44), while Marshall was limited to 25.5 percent (14-55) shooting.
Marshall took advantage of 3-point shooting in the first half, making 6-of-15 attempts, but was limited to only 1-for-15 in the closing half. WVU shot 33.3 percent (5-15) from beyond the arc.
The Herd was led by Lateidra Elliott with 13 points and Shay Weaver, who was named to the player of the game for Marshall, had nine points. Erica Woods led Marshall in rebounding with six.
The West Virginia women's basketball team returns to BIG EAST action as it takes on Pitt at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Petersen Events Center.