Nov. 6, 2008
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thundering Herd women's basketball team will play its second and final exhibition contest on Saturday, taking on the DT III All-Star team at 7 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center.
In its first exhibition game, the Herd grabbed a convincing 78-41 win over the Exodus All-Stars. Tynikki Crook, beginning her sophomore season, scored a personal best 20 points in the game while grabbing 12 boards. She also put in a solid performance at the free throw line, going 8-of-12.
Chantelle Handy and Casey Baker recorded 12 points apiece in the opening contest. Handy fell just two rebound short of a double-double while dishing out three assists. Baker, the C-USA regular season steals leader in 2007-08, notched two. Newcomer Angelica Harris was the other double digit scorer in the opener, tallying 11 points.
The DT III All-Star team may prove to be a tougher test for the Herd. In its last contest, DT III took No. 3 Maryland to the brink, holding a 41-38 halftime lead over the Terrapins before falling in the end by a score of 83-72.
DT III is composed of former college players. Members of the team have played at basketball powerhouses such as West Virginia, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Ohio U., Purdue and UNC-Greensboro.
Jasmine Byrd, formerly of UNC-Greensboro, led the team with 23 points against Maryland. Kalika France, who played for the Terrapins in college, scored 15 against her former team.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center. Tickets are still available and are $5 apiece. Marshall will open up the regular season on November 14, traveling to Boone, N.C. to take on the Mountaineers of Appalachian State University.
All women's basketball games will be carried on WMUL 88.1 FM, Marshall's student radio station. The broadcasts will also be carried live on the web at http://www.marshall.edu/wmul/.