@HerdWBB Returns Home to Face Southern Miss
Tipoff scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team (12-8 overall, 4-5 Conference USA) hosts Southern Miss (13-8, 5-4) on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET for a contest in the Cam Henderson Center.
SCOUTING SOUTHERN MISS
The Eagles are coming off back-to-back home wins over Middle Tennessee (81-61) and UAB (64-59). Brittany Dinkins is the team’s leader in scoring (18.0), assists (85), steals (78), 3-pointers (36), free throw percentage (.797) and minutes (30.8). Jayla King is the leading rebounder (7.4) and Lashyra Cotton has the most blocks (15). The squad’s leader in field goal percentage is Shonte Hailes (.510).
The Eagles lead the league in steals (12.0) and turnover margin (+5.5), but are last in blocked shots (1.7). Dinkins in far and away the league’s individual leader in steals (3.7).
In conference games, the Eagles are No. 1 in field goal percentage (.461), but last in field goal percentage defense (.496), 3-point percentage defense (.380), rebounding offense (29.4), defensive rebounds (18.3) and 3-pointers made (3.9). Individually, Hailes is tops in free throw percentage (.875).
LAST TIME OUT
The Thundering Herd made 11 3-pointers and held host Southern Miss to 15.4 shooting in the fourth quarter to record a 63-53 win at Reed Green Coliseum on March 5, 2016. Kiana Evans hit four 3-pointers en route to 17 points, a team-high seven rebounds and three assists. Talequia Hamilton also had three assists, while posting three blocked shots in the game’s first 12 minutes. Shayna Gore gave Marshall a big boost off the bench with 13 points with two 3-pointers in 23 minutes.
Brittany Dinkins added 11 points, five steals and four assists for Southern Miss. Jayla King also had 10 points.
MARSHALL IN CONFERENCE USA
The Thundering Herd leads C-USA (all games) in:
3-Point Field Goal Percentage Defense: .275
Defensive Rebounds: 27.9
3-Point Field Goals Made: 7.9
The Thundering Herd leads C-USA (league games only) in:
Blocked Shots: 5.3
3-Point Field Goals Made: 7.9
The following rank in the top 10 in C-USA’s statistical categories (all games):
T-5. Shayna Gore, 17.2
- Ashley Saintigene, 6.9
Field Goal Percentage
- Talequia Hamilton, .545
- Shayna Gore, 2.1
3-Point Field Goals Made
- Shayna Gore, 2.1
- Ashley Saintigene, 3.6
- Khadaijia Brooks, 4.7
Asheika Alexander played a season-high 22 minutes in the 84-74 loss at UTEP, while registering tying marks in field goals made (4) and rebounds (7).
Hamilton has been extremely durable and dependable during her season and a half with the program. Not only has she played in all 53 of Marshall’s games during that period, but she has started all of them as well. She has been especially effective of late, registering double-figure scoring in six of her last eight games. In league games, she is far and away the conference’s top shot blocker at 2.7 per outing, 0.8 ahead of second place. Hamilton’s one rejection at UTEP gave her 77 for her career, 10 shy of Lisa Pruner’s (1980-84) seventh-place mark of 87 in the school’s all-time records. This season, she has been exceptional on the defensive end, registering 13 straight games with at least one block.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Thundering Herd is 9-1 at home this season, where it averages 77.6 points, .462 shooting from the field (282-for-611) and 79-for-229 (.345) from downtown. It also outrebounds the opposition 44.8 to 35.1 and has a staggering 62-15 edge in blocked shots. In fact, Marshall has won 19 consecutive non-conference games in the Cam Henderson Center. Its last loss was a 72-68 setback against Navy on Dec. 29, 2013.
This year’s Thundering Herd is on pace to set its best marks under head coach Matt Daniel. Currently, they are:
73.5 points per game (70.5 in 2015-16)
.430 FG% (.426 in 2015-16)
.375 FG% defense (.380 in 2014-15)
7.9 3-pointers per game (6.6 in 2015-16)
.324 3FG% (.315 in 2014-15)
.275 3FG% defense (.294 in 2014-15)
41.8 rebounds (38.4 in 2013-14)
13.9 offensive rebounds (12.7 in 2013-14)
5.5 blocks (4.4 in 2013-14)
2.1 blocks allowed (2.2 in 2012-13)
AKERS GOES LONG
Marshall junior McKenzie Akers is fifth in the school’s record book with 119 3-pointers after passing former teammate AJ Johnson (117, 2013-15). Toni Patillo (121, 1997-2001) is fourth, followed by Cindy McCauley in third (131, 1994-98), Natal Rosko in second (136, 1994-98) and Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (146, 2002-06).
The Thundering Herd leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.275) and defensive rebounds (27.9). In Marshall’s 12 wins, it has yielded just a .332 shooting percentage (244-for-736) and .237 (64-for-270) from 3-point range and has allowed more than 67 points just once (81, at UTSA). In fact, dating back to last season, Marshall has won 18 straight games when allowing 68 points or less (L at Middle Tennessee, 65-54, 1/28/16).
FRESHMAN INSIDE FORCE
Freshman forward Ashley Saintigene has been a force around the paint. Saintigene is tied for second in Conference USA with 1.9 blocks per contest, while ranking fifth in offensive rebounds (3.6). She is also the team’s leader in rebounding at 6.9 per game. All of those stats have been accrued in just 16.7 minutes per game. The Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., native was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week Dec. 12, Dec. 23 and Jan. 3.
KB WORKS GLASS, ARC
Sophomore forward Khadaijia Brooks has been working the interior for Marshall in 2016-17. Brooks is one of the team’s leading rebounders with 6.6 caroms per game. She has recorded at least five boards in all but five contests and grabbed a career-high 12 against Maine-Fort Kent, when she also posted a career-high 22 points. She recorded back-to-back double-doubles at Charlotte (12 points, 10 rebounds) and versus Middle Tennessee (11 points, 10 rebounds). She has also greatly improved her 3-point shooting in 2016-17. Last season, she made just one of six attempts (.167). This season, that figure is .345 (19-for-55). She went 4-for-4 against Maine-Fort Kent, but then made just one of her next 13 attempts over her next four games. She has since rebounded to connect on nine of her last 15 long-range shots in the last four contests.
The Herd leads the league (conference games only) in blocked shots (5.3) per game this season and has more blocks than the opposition (or as many as) in all but two games (at North Carolina, at UTEP). Marshall recorded 10 blocks in the season debut at Illinois and followed that with 11 swats versus FIU on Dec. 30. Against the Fighting Illini, redshirt-senior Talequia Hamilton led Marshall with a career-high five rejections. Freshman Ashley Saintigene had three blocks in her Herd debut (all coming in the second quarter).