Knable-Led Herd Welcomes Kent State to Town in MAC Home-Opener
Senior One Point Shy of 700
LISTEN LIVE: Kent State at Marshall, 7 p.m.
Senior Catie Knable is the only player in the MAC to average a double-double per game.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After suffering its first two-game losing streak of the season, the Marshall women’s basketball team will try to rebound in time for its Mid-American Conference home-opener on Wednesday when the Kent State Golden Flashes visit the Cam Henderson Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Marshall (8-3, 0-1) dropped the first MAC game of the year on Saturday at Ball State 71-63. The score was knotted at 61-61 with 39 seconds remaining before BSU’s Johna Goff nailed a three-point field goal to put the Cardinals up for good. The Thundering Herd could not overcome a 35.1 shooting performance on a season-high 77 field goal attempts (27-of-77). Freshman Teyonka Hodge (Washington, D.C.) led the defensive effort with a team season-high six steals.
Royce Chadwick’s squad boasts the league’s top rebounding threat in senior Catie Knable (Floyd Knobs, Ind.). The forward/center averages 10.2 rebounds per game and is one point shy of the 700 mark for her career. Also, with her third rebound versus KSU, Knable will jump into fourth place on the all-time Marshall list, passing Deanna Carter’s 747 career boards.
Knable is the only player in the conference to average a double-double per game – 10.0 points per game – leading the MAC in that category with five double-doubles this season and 18 for her career, which is second among active league players.
Kent State (7-4, 0-0) will attempt to avenge a 62-47 loss at Marshall on Feb. 19, 2003, the first time the Thundering Herd defeated the Golden Flashes since the 1978-79 season, snapping an 11-game losing skid to the Flashes. KSU is led by junior Andrea Csaszar and her league-high 3.00 blocks per game. The 6-foot-6 center is the MAC’s 15th all-time leader in blocks and is the conference’s sixth leading scorer (14.2 ppg) and fourth leading rebounder (9.5 ppg). KSU’s Bob Lindsay is the MAC’s all-time winningest coach, with a career record of 275-146.
Marshall’s current 8-3 start is the school’s best since Judy Southard’s 1990-91 team began the season 10-3, which included two five-game win streaks.
Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on 88.1 WMUL-FM, Marshall’s student-run radio station, or on the internet at www.marshall.edu/wmul.