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Herd Women’s Hoops Continues Home Stretch with Southern Illinois

Freshman Taylor Pearson.
Dec. 1, 2017

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team prepares to host the Southern Illinois Salukis on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m., for the second game of a three-game home stretch. It is part of a Saturday, Marshall basketball doubleheader as the men’s team will play host to Akron at 7 p.m.
The Thundering Herd is 2-4 while the Salukis are 3-3.
It is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day for the women’s game as Marshall faculty and staff will receive $2 admission with their MU ID. There will also be a $2 admission if fans bring a canned good or nonperishable food item for Marshall’s food drive.
Last Time Out
Marshall ended its four-game skid with a 30-point victory Thursday night over Winthrop in the Cam Henderson Center, 70-40. The Herd defense played well, holding the Eagles to just 27.8 percent (15-of-54) shooting from the floor. Marshall dominated in just about every category including points in the paint (36-12), points off turnovers (28-4) and fast break points (12-0). Redshirt sophomore Tana Driver had a career night in her first career start, leading the Herd with six assists and adding five points, three rebounds and three steals.
Senior Talequia Hamilton was a force in the middle, leading all scorers with 15 points and grabbing nine boards along with a season-high four blocks. Sophomore Asheika Alexander hit 3-of-4 from three and finished with 11 points. Freshman Kristen Mayo and junior Shayna Gore scored in double figures with 11 and 10, respectively. Mayo chipped in with four steals, all coming in the second half including three in the fourth quarter.
The Series: 4 meetings, Marshall leads 3-1
Marshall and Southern Illinois first met on the court on Dec. 4, 1993, as the Salukis came away with a 78-62 win in Charlottesville, Va. The Herd has taken the last three meetings, including a 61-55 decision in Carbondale, Ill., on Dec. 28, 2015. Marshall fought back from an 11-point halftime deficit, outscoring SIU 34-17 in the second half for the win. Leah Scott led all scorers with 17 and Kiana Evans grabbed all five of her rebounds in the second half to help lead the Herd to the win. Norrisha Victrum scored 11 points including two late layups to give Marshall the lead. Logan Fraley hit two free throws with seven seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Scouting the Salukis
Southern Illinois enters the contest 3-3 after falling at Morehead State, 85-81, Thursday night. The Salukis are on a two-game losing skid after also dropping a 57-53 decision to SIU Edwardsville, a team with former Marshall Director of Ops and now current Cougars Assistant Coach Destiny Bramblett. The Salukis have wins over UT Martin, Memphis and Southeast Missouri State. SIU is averaging 71.8 points per game and allowing 70 a game. Senior Kylie Giebelhausen leads the team with 14.7 points per game and just reached 1,000 points for her career (1,026) with a 3-pointer at the 6:10 mark in the third quarter against SIU-Edwardsville. Giebelhausen led Southern Illinois with 22 points at Morehead State. The team’s lone senior was 7-of-16 from the floor and 6-of-10 from three. Freshman forward Abby Brockmeyer leads with 7.5 boards per game and has added nine blocks and five steals. The Salukis have averaged 18.3 turnovers per contest and opponents are shooting 38.2 percent from three.