Freshman Ashley Saintigene leads the Herd with 16 blocked shots.
Dec. 2, 2016
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Marshall women’s basketball team travels to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions, Saturday Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. This will be the first ever meeting between the two programs.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall improved its record to 5-1 after a 62-43 win over Morgan State, Wednesday Nov. 30, in the Cam Henderson Center. The Herd put up 31 in each half and used its defensive intensity to hold off Morgan State. The Herd defense forced the Bears into five shot-clock violations. The Bears shot just 27.8 percent (15-of-54) from the field and hit only two out of 17 three-point attempts (11.8 percent). Marshall won the rebounding battle for the fifth time in six games as senior Kiana Evans (eight), redshirt senior Talequia Hamilton (six), sophomore Khadaijia Brooks (five) and freshman Ashley Saintigene (five) all grabbed more than five boards. Saintigene continues her swat party recording three more blocks to bring her season total to 16.
Redshirt junior Taylor Porter and Brooks led the Herd with 13 points each, a career-high for Brooks. Porter buried a three just before the buzzer on the shot clock with only about three seconds left on the game clock at the end of the second quarter. Redshirt junior McKenzie Akers hit two more three-pointers to move into sole possession of 10th place with 93 career made three-pointers.
WORKING THE GLASS
Sophomore forward Khadaijia Brooks has been working the interior for Marshall in the early part of 2016-17. Brooks leads the Herd with 43 rebounds, 7.2 per game. She has recorded at least five boards in each contest and grabbed a career-high 11 against Prairie View A&M while playing a team and career-best 38 minutes. Against Sam Houston State, Brooks was tasked with guarding the Bearkats best rebounder in Jasmine McCants who had been averaging over seven rebounds per game. McCants finished the contest with three and the Herd became the first team this season to outrebound Sam Houston State. The Bearkats had been averaging over nine boards more per contest than its opponents.
The Herd is averaging 5.8 blocks per game this season. The first three games were a swat fest as Marshall recorded 10 blocks in the season debut at Illinois, added eight more against Florida A&M and then six versus Coastal Carolina. The Illinois contest was the first time that the Herd had double-digit blocks in a game since March 5, 2014 against UTSA in an 81-76 overtime win when Marshall registered 11 swats. Against the Fighting Illini, redshirt-senior Talequia Hamilton led Marshall with a career-high five rejections. Freshman Ashley Saintigene had three blocks in her Herd debut (all coming in the second quarter). Sophomore Shayna Gore and freshman Asheika Alexander chipped in with one block each. Against the Florida A&M in the home-opener, sophomore Khadaijia Brooks led with three while Hamilton and Saintigene added two each and senior Kiana Evans rounded out the night with one. Saintigene contributed five of the Herd’s six blocks against Coastal Carolina. The freshman leads the team with 16 and has recorded at least one block in each game and has mulitple blocks in every game but one.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions are 5-2 to begin the season, and 3-0 at home. Penn State has victories over Saint Peter’s (106-50), Akron (84-71), Tennessee (70-56), Georgia State (69-42) and Boston College (60-56). The two losses have been against Drexel (83-60) and Georgetown (68-54). In the wins, Penn State’s average margin of victory is 22.8 and scoring 77.8 points per win. The two losses have been by an average margin of 18.5 and averaging 57 points per game. Overall the Nittany Lions are putting up almost 72 points per game and are led by Teniya Page at 19.3. Page scored 29 on Tennessee and put up 24 to pull out the win in the most recent matchup at Boston College. Lindsey Spann is the only other player averaging double-figures with 11.9 per game and scored a Penn State season-high 31 in the win over Saint Peter’s. Kaliyah Mitchell leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per game and grabbed a season high 12 in the win over Akron.
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Marshall hits the road again and heads south to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on UNC. Tipoff is scheduled for Wednesday Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m.