Thundering Herd Wraps Up 2017-18 Season with FAU Tilt
Tip time is 6 p.m. ET on CUSA.tv
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall women's basketball team (9-19 overall, 3-12 Conference USA) will close out the 2017-18 season with a home game against Florida Atlantic (12-13, 6-8) on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET in the Cam Henderson Center. The game will be carried on CUSA.tv and is the final collegiate contest for Marshall senior Talequia Hamilton. The Huntington native will be honored in a brief ceremony before the game.
The Series: FAU leads the series, 4-3
Florida Atlantic leads the all-time series 4-3 following its 79-59 win over Marshall on January 5 in Boca Raton, Fla.
Scouting the Owls: The Owls (12-13, 6-8) come into Thursday's game following back-to-back home wins over Southern Miss and FIU last week. They are led by Sasha Cedeno's 17.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game (she is also tops with 21 blocks and 34 steals), while Danneal Ford paces the team with 115 assists. Cedeno's 48 3-pointers are also a team-high. As a team, Florida Atlantic is the league's leader in rebounding offense (42.8), but is next to last in rebounding defense (41.1).
Marshall's Individual Conference USA Ranks (Top 10):
Free Throw Percentage: Shayna Gore, 1st (.859)
Scoring: Shayna Gore, 2nd (19.5); Talequia Hamilton (8th, 14.7)
3-Pointers Per Game: Shayna Gore, 2nd (3.0)
Blocked Shots: Talequia Hamilton, 3rd (1.5)
3-Point Field Goal Percentage: Shayna Gore, 9th (.403)
Few Assists Allowed: Marshall allowed just five assists to the Mean Green in a 62-54 win in Denton on Saturday. That was the fewest Marshall has allowed in a Conference USA game since ... the Thundering Herd yielded just four to North Texas in a 45-42 Mean Green victory on February 7, 2015 in a game that was also played in the SuperPit.
Converting Freebies: Marshall made all 11 of its free throws in the 62-54 win at North Texas, the highest percentage for the program (minimum 10 attempts) since swishing all 10 in a 54-52 win at Louisiana Tech on March 3, 2016. As a team, the Thundering Herd is third in the league (conference games only) at the free throw line, converting at a .769 clip (163-for-212). In fact, Marshall boasts a free throw percentage of .729 (288-for-395) in all of its games this season, which would be the program's best end-of-season mark in at least the last 18 seasons (unavailable records did not allow for additional research).
The Highs: Logan Fraley tied a career-high with 34 minutes in the win over North Texas, while Shayna Gore set a new season-high with six assists versus the Mean Green.
Free Points: Kate Zhibareva has made 17 of her 18 free throw attempts this season, good for a .944 clip.
70: The Thundering Herd is 7-1 this season when reaching the 70-point mark. Its only loss is an 85-76 at the hands of Cleveland State.
Gore Surging From the Arc: Shayna Gore has made steady improvement over the course of her career at Marshall, with jumps from her freshman to sophomore to junior seasons in field goal percentage (.399-.443-.448), 3-point percentage (.295-.372-.403) and scoring (10.8-17.5-19.5). Her 83 3-pointers this season are a single-season program record.
Gore Joins the 1,000 Point Club: In the third quarter at home against Morgan State (Dec. 6), Shayna Gore had 10 points and needed just three more to reach 1,000. The junior guard received a pass from Tana Driver and fired off a three from the top of the key and drained it to reach the historic milestone. It was the 70th game of her career. Gore became the 21st member of Marshall's 1,000 Point Club and joined two of her old teammates from her freshman season in Leah Scott (1,371) and Norrisha Victrum (1,003). She currently has 1,417 points and is fifth all-time in Thundering Herd history.
Talequia Hamilton currently has 1,085 points at Marshall, the 22nd player in program history to reach the four-digit mark. She also tallied 11 as a freshman at the University of Cincinnati during the 2011-12 season.
SWAT Duo: Talequia Hamilton and Ashley Saintigene continue to form a formidable shot-blocking duo this season. The two towers combined for 96 blocks in 2016-17 and have 63 this year through 28 games. Hamilton recorded the 100th for her career at No. 22 Kentucky and is currently third all-time with 133.
Saintigene finished her freshman season with 42, the sixth-highest single-season mark in program history. The sophomore began the 2017-18 season with a career-high six blocks against Longwood to move into the top 20 all-time at Marshall. She now has 64 in her career and is 12th.