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@HerdWBB Stays Perfect at Home with Win over Longwood

Redshirt junior McKenzie Akers hit her 100th career three-pointer in the first quarter against Longwood.
Dec. 19, 2016

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Coach Daniel Postgame Press Conference
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall women's basketball team led wire-to-wire to out duel the Longwood Lancers on Tuesday afternoon at the Cam Henderson Center, 70-50.
The Thundering Herd improved to 7-3 with the victory, while Longwood falls to 1-8.
Marshall featured three players that scored in double-digits, including Shayna Gore with a team-high 21 points and tied her career-high with four steals. Gore was 7-of-15 from the field and had three rebounds and two assists. Kiana Evans had 12 points, five rebounds, a team-high five assists and tied her career-high with four steals. McKenzie Akers recorded 10 points, including her 100th career 3-point basket in the first quarter. Leading the Herd in rebounds was Talequia Hamilton with nine, while Asheika Alexander and Ashley Saintigene had seven boards. Saintigene added four blocks in the contest. The freshman shot blocker has recorded a block in every game and two or more in eight games.
The Herd started strong as it opened with a 3-point basket from Gore. Longwood responded on its following possession with a mid-range jumper to put the contest at 3-2. Marshall went on a 12-0 run from there, which featured baskets from Khadaijia Brooks, Akers, Evans and Hamilton. The Thundering Herd continued to put pressure on Longwood as it built a 22-5 lead at the 1:45 mark, following a pair of free throws by Alexander. Marshall went on to close out the first quarter, 25-10.
The Lancers picked up the intensity in the second quarter after Marshall began the period with a 9-0 run that featured eight points from Gore. Over the final six minutes of the first half, Longwood outscored Marshall 15-9. The Herd still held a 16-point lead, 41-25, going into the break.
The second half was tightly contested as Marshall outscored Longwood 14-13 in the third quarter and 15-12 in the fourth. The Lancers kept up the intensity but the Herd managed to make a stop and hit some shots to help silence the visitors.
The Herd dominated in second chance points with 21 coming from 16 offensive rebounds. The Lancers managed 10 second chance points from 20 offensive boards. Marshall's defense stayed tight on the perimeter as well as Longwood shot just 4.8 percent (1-of-21) from behind the arc.
Quotes by head coach Matt Daniel
Opening thoughts
"The thing about the team we played against today; I thought we were pretty good, but [Longwood] was relentless with their spirit for the entire game. The other day I was pretty upset with how we played, today I thought we played pretty well. We executed the game plan pretty well, we turned the ball over a little bit too much, but some of that credit goes to Longwood."
On freshman Ashley Saintigene
"She can alter the other team's game plan. She does a good job, we're still working on some things, but she has a good feel for the game. When her energy is good, and she's locked in, she's a pretty good player, much less a freshman."
On sophomore Shayna Gore
"She played well. As long as Shayna keeps her emotions in control, she's a pretty dang good player. The future is bright, as the two players we've talked about are a freshman and sophomore. There was good ball movement today, and I'm pleased with the effort."
On the quick turnaround with tomorrow's game
"We'll walk through in the morning, eat breakfast and watch film. [Maine Fort-Kent] has no losses, they've scored over 100 points. Hopefully we'll be focused, and if so I think we'll handle them. But anybody can get beat on any given day, especially when everyone is thinking about going home, we'll need to come out sharp and take care of business."
Marshall finishes its non-conference schedule with a meeting against Maine Fort Kent on Tuesday at 1 p.m.