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@HerdWBB Opens the 2017-18 Season at Home against Longwood

Senior Talequia Hamilton
Nov. 9, 2017

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team tips off the 2017-18 season Friday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m., in the Cam Henderson Center against the Longwood Lancers. It will be the first contest for new Herd head coach Tony Kemper after serving as the assistant/associate head coach the past five seasons.
Fans can tune into the game through Herd Vision on CUSA TV.
THE SERIES: 4 meetings, Marshall leads 4-0
Marshall and Longwood have met just four times over the years, and the Herd leads the series 4-0. The first meeting came in 2005-06 as Marshall won 76-66. The Herd grabbed a 20-point victory in the most recent meeting (Dec. 19, 2016) in the Cam Henderson Center. Shayna Gore netted 21 points and Talequia Hamilton grabbed nine boards. Freshman Ashley Saintigene recorded four blocks to give her ten-straight contests with a block. Longwood freshman Dayna Rouse led the Lancers with 23 points and was second with eight rebounds off the bench.
Marshall returns three of five starters from a year ago with senior Talequia Hamilton and juniors Shayna Gore and Khadaijia Brooks. Hamilton was the Herd’s leading rebounder (7.0pg) and shot blocker (54) while Gore was the team’s leading scorer at 17.5 points per game. Brooks became a big-time rebounder for the Herd averaging 6.5 per game until missing the final eight games of the season due to a knee injury.
Gore is just 129 points away from becoming the 21st player in program history to reach 1,000 for a career. Last season, the Logan, W.Va., native scored a career-high 526 as she became just the fifth player at Marshall to score 500 or more in a season.
Hamilton is sixth all-time at Marshall in career blocks with 92. She swatted 54 this past season, good for third most in program history. She is 26 away from moving into the top five.
Longwood welcomes 10 newcomers to the squad for the 2017-18 season. The Lancers went 4-26 a season ago and looking to bounce back. Senior guard Michaela Ellis leads the team into the new season. Ellis averaged 6.7 points per game and led the Lancers with a career-high 133 assists, an average of 4.4. per game. Four of Longwood’s top five scorers from a year ago return, with the lone loss being Eboni Gilliam. Gilliam was the leading scorer with 10.4 per game and 5.5 boards per contest.