@HerdWBB Welcomes Penn State to the Cam Henderson Center
Tipoff is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team welcomes the Penn State Nittany Lions to the Cam Henderson Center for a non-conference contest. Tipoff is set for Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. The Thundering Herd is 1-0 and Penn State is 2-0.
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The Series: 1 meeting, PSU leads 1-0
The two teams met for the first time Happy Valley on Dec. 3, 2016. Marshall almost pulled off the upset victory at Penn State, but in the end the Nittany Lions snatched the win 82-80. Taylor Porter scored a career-high 24 points. It was a back-and-forth battle as the score was tied 12 times and 13 lead changes. Marshall began the game shooting 58.3 percent from the floor and ended the game shooting just under 50 percent (49.1). Talequia Hamilton scored 13 and had six boards. Shayna Gore scored 11, had three steals and grabbed 7 rebounds. Porter hit four 3-pointers and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. Teniya Page lit up the scoreboard for Penn State with 31 points, shooting 10-of-15 (66.7%) from the floor including 5-of-6 from three. Seniors Sierra Moore (19), Lindsey Spann (15) and Kaliyah Mitchell (10) all scored in double-figures for Penn State.
Last Time Out on the Floor
Marshall dominated in its season-opener at home against Longwood, 90-45. Head Coach Tony Kemper earned his first win at the helm. The Herd rolled right from the start and led the entire game. Marshall shot 44.6 percent from the field and drained 11 3-pointers in the win. The Herd crashed the glass with 65 rebounds, 47 on the defensive side taking away second chance opportunities from the Lancers.
Junior Logan Fraley and sophomore Ashley Saintigene poured in the work in Marshall’s 90-45 win over Longwood to begin the season. Fraley recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-best 10 rebounds. She also contributed five assists. Saintigene led the Herd with a career-high 16 rebounds and added 11 points. The sophomore forward added a career-best six swats as well. Saintigene is already 17th in Herd history in career blocks with 48.
For the third-straight season, Shayna Gore opened the year with a 20-point performance. In her collegiate debut on Nov. 13, 2015 at Morehead State, Gore scored 27 points in Marshall’s 104-101 overtime victory. On Nov. 11, 2016, she began her sophomore season with a career-high 29 in a 55-53 win at Illinois. Then, on Nov. 10, 2017, the junior guard led the team with 22 points as the Herd defeated Longwood 90-45 in the Cam Henderson Center. It was her 14th, 20-point performance of her career. All totaled, Gore has scored 78 points in three, season-opening wins.
Cleaning the Glass
With Saintigene and Fraley both grabbing double-digit rebounds, it was the first game for the Herd with two players recording 10 or more since Dec. 20, 2016 against Maine-Fort Kent. In the 136-62 Marshall win, Saintigene led with 15 rebounds and Khadaijia Brooks pulled down 12. The team totaled 65 against Longwood, its highest total since the Maine-Fort Kent contest.
The Countdown to 1,000
After Gore scored 22 against Longwood, the junior guard now stands just 107 points away from becoming the 21st member of Marshall’s 1,000 point club. Gore played her freshman season with two of the group’s members, Leah Scott (1,371) and Norrisha Victrum (1,003). Scott played just three seasons for Marshall and finished fifth all-time in Herd history in scoring and reached the 1,000 point plateau in her 71st game. Gore has played in 63 career contests.
Scouting the Nittany Lions
Penn State is one of just five programs to enter the season without a single senior on its roster. There are 11 players on the roster and six are juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen. Penn State began the season with wins over Siena (86-72) and Drexel (84-70). Last season’s leading scorer, Teniya Paige has yet to play this season. However, 6-2 sophomore guard Jaida Travascio-Green has been on a tear scoring 45 points including a career-high 31 in the win over Drexel. The sophomore is averaging 6.5 rebounds a game and has delivered five blocks and three steals. She has already hit 10, 3-pointers this season. Five players are averaging double-figures and junior forward De’Janae Boykin is averaging a double-double with 11 points and 14 boards per game. Junior guard Amari Carter leads the team with 14 assists. Penn State is shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from three. The squad has also committed 18.5 turnovers per contest thus far. PSU has outscored its opponents in every quarter except the fourth, when opponents have outscored the Lady Lions 48-31.