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Herd Women’s Hoops Falls to No. 22 Kentucky

Sophomore Asheika Alexander scored a career-high 18 points against No. 22 Kentucky.
Nov. 26, 2017

Final Stats

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Marshall women’s basketball team lost in the matchup with the No. 22 Kentucky Wildcats, 69-39, Sunday afternoon from Memorial Coliseum. The Thundering Herd falls to 1-4 and the Wildcats stay undefeated at 6-0.
Sophomore guard Asheika Alexander scored a career-best 18 points, including 11 straight for Marshall from the end of the first half until a layup by Shayna Gore with 3:41 left in the third quarter. Ashley Saintigene was next with six points and Talequia Hamilton and Kristen Mayo added five points each. Hamilton recorded her 100th career block in the first quarter becoming the sixth player in program history to reach triple digits.
“I like what we did in the first quarter,” Herd head coach Tony Kemper said. “We made some great decisions with the basketball and took some great shots. But, we really struggled with rebounding today and that was a big difference.”
The first quarter ended with Marshall trailing by one, 17-16. Gore hit a layup with six seconds to go cutting the Wildcat lead to one. The Herd then struggled in the second quarter scoring just five points as UK jumped out to a 16-point lead, 37-21, at the end of the half.
The Herd came out of the break playing much better, increasing its shooting percentage by 40 points (14.3 to 54.5) from the second to the third quarter. However, Marshall struggled to contain senior center Alyssa Rice who set career-highs leading all scorers with 19 and added 10 rebounds.
“You have to be physical with her,” coach Kemper said. “You have to get a body between her and the basket and we really couldn’t get that done. She had several put-backs.”
Both teams found it difficult to score in the fourth quarter as it took two minutes and 34 seconds before the first point was scored on a free throw by Kentucky.
Up Next
Marshall returns to the Cam Henderson Center for a three-game homestand beginning with Winthrop on Thursday, Nov. 30. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.