Freshman forward Ashley Saintigene grabbed 11 rebounds and scored nine points at UNC.
Dec. 7, 2016
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Marshall women’s basketball team dropped its final non-conference road matchup of the 2016-17 season, 75-53, to UNC Wednesday evening at the Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Marshall started the first quarter with some great shooting. UNC put the first points on the board, but the Herd answered with a 5-0 run as sophomore Khadaijia Brooks hit a jumper and then senior Kiana Evans drained a three from the right wing. UNC held the lead only twice in the first period at 2-0 and then 9-7. Marshall held for most of the quarter behind seven points from sophomore Shayna Gore and six from redshirt junior Taylor Porter. Gore hit a three from the right wing just before the buzzer giving Marshall a 20-16 lead at the break.
The second quarter was a different story as the Herd hit just 2-of-16 from the floor while UNC shot 11-of-20 from the field. Sophomore Logan Fraley ended the 8-0 run by UNC to start the quarter with a pair of free throws and then followed with a three-pointer less than a minute later and the Herd trailed by four, 29-25. The Tar Heels eventually pulled the lead out to double-figures and ended the half with a 14-point lead, 41-27.
The third and fourth quarters continued in the same manner as Marshall struggled from the field. North Carolina hit five three-pointers in the second half to help build the lead.
Freshman Ashley Saintigene played tough in the inside for the Herd in the second half while playing with four fouls. She finished the game with nine points and 11 rebounds with the majority coming in the final two quarters.
The Herd finished with three players in double-figures on the boards. Brooks tied Saintigene for the most with 11, including six in the first quarter, and redshirt senior Talequia Hamilton grabbed 10. Gore was the only Marshall player who scored in double-figures with 10.
Head Coach Matt Daniel
On the game overall:
“I think it looked a lot like the Prairie View A&M game. I think both teams were trying to figure out which team was going to play in the first quarter. We ended that first quarter with a lead and then we looked tired. And our bodies shouldn’t have been tired. It was just two different teams, we coached a completely different team at Penn State. But, I can see that in our youth but we have to get a lot better with our effort.”
On the performance of freshman Ashley Saintigene in the second half:
“Ashley’s energy picked up in the second half and she basically had a double-double against North Carolina as a freshman. That’s quite an accomplishment. We had three with double-digit rebounds and they only had one, so her energy was pretty good.”
On what to work on with three games before Conference USA play:
“We want to continue to drive them and be competitive every time we step on the floor. Focused for every play. We have three games before conference play and it just so happens that they are all before Christmas too. But, we have to continue to push them and get better. We have about 20 days before conference play and six of those we are on break so we are going to get back and push them pretty good.”
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Marshall returns to the Cam for three games before the holiday break. The Herd will take on Bluefield College Sunday Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. Following will then be a date with Longwood (Dec. 19) and Maine Fort Kent (Dec. 20).