Herd Women’s Basketball Rally Falls Short against Southern Illinois
Saintigene scores 11, grabs eight boards and career-high four steals
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Coach Kemper Post Game Press Conference
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Marshall women’s basketball team fought hard late, but ultimately fell a little short to Southern Illinois, 64-59, Saturday afternoon in the Cam Henderson Center. The Thundering Herd is now 2-5 while the Salukis improved to 4-3.
“I thought we started too slow,” Herd head coach Tony Kemper said. “We waited too long to play with the energy levels that it takes to beat a team like Southern Illinois. I’ll complement our team for their response in the fourth quarter. I thought we got pretty tough defensively. We were a lot harder to score on. We just have to do that earlier.”
Junior Shayna Gore led the Herd in scoring with 19 and stands just 13 points away from 1,000 for her career. Sophomore Ashley Saintigene had 11 and senior Talequia Hamilton added 10. Saintigene pulled down eight rebounds and fellow sophomore Asheika Alexander had seven. Redshirt sophomore Tana Driver and Gore had four assists apiece. Driver has 10 assists to only two turnovers in the past two games combined.
Southern Illinois jumped out to an early 10-4 lead, but layups by Hamilton and Alexander and a 3-pointer by Gore cut the Herd’s deficit to one, 12-11, midway through the opening quarter. A quick 7-0 run for the Salukis put SIU ahead, 19-13, but a 3-pointer from freshman Kristen Mayo brought the Herd within three, 19-16, after the first quarter.
The Herd opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer by Gore to tie the game at 19-19, but Southern Illinois made another run to take a 30-21 lead midway through the quarter. Another 3-pointer by Gore and a layup by Saintigene cut the Saluki lead to 30-26, but a 5-0 run increased the SIU lead back to nine, 35-26. Gore hit another 3-pointer late in the quarter, but the Herd went into the break down by eight, 37-29. With her fourth 3-pointer of the game, Gore moved ahead of Natal Rosko (1994-98) for second place all-time at Marshall in made three-pointers with 137.
Gore’s fifth 3-pointer of the game cut SIU’s lead to seven, 39-32, early in the third quarter, but the Salukis responded with a 7-0 run to take their largest lead of the contest, 46-32. Southern Illinois maintained a double-digit lead for the majority of the third quarter until a 3-pointer by Taylor Pearson cut the deficit to eight, 50-42. Southern Illinois took a 54-44 lead into the final quarter.
Marshall opened the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run in the first three minutes to cut what was a 10-point SIU lead to one, 54-53. SIU missed its first eight shots and had seven turnovers in the quarter. Mackenzie Silvey’s jumper with 2:50 left was the first made basket of the final frame for the Salukis and pushed SIU’s lead to five, 58-53. The Herd went on a 6-0 run capped off by a three-point play from Pearson in the final minute to retake the lead for the first time since the score was 13-12. Martin’s layup gave SIU the lead again, 60-59, and the Salukis held on from there for the win.
“We ended the year last year kind of down and we’re still finding our way,” coach Kemper said. “And we’ve played some really good teams. Going to Kentucky, that was hard. Southern Illinois is a good team. They’re going to win a lot of games this year.”
The Herd is back in action Wednesday evening when it takes on Morgan State. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.