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Herd Women's Basketball Ends Three-Game Homestand with Morgan State

Junior Shayna Gore needs just 13 more points to reach 1,000 for her career.
Dec. 5, 2017

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall women's basketball team ends its three-game homestand with a visit from the Morgan State Bears Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. The Thundering Herd is 2-5 while Morgan State is 6-3.
Fans can purchase $2 tickets if they bring a canned good or nonperishable food item for Marshall's food drive.
Last Time Out
Marshall fell to the Southern Illinois Salukis on Saturday, Dec. 2 in the Cam, 64-59.  The Herd fought back, trailing by 10 going into the fourth quarter. Marshall took a slim one-point lead at 59-58 with 51 seconds to go but could not hang on as the Salukis scored the last six points of the day. Junior Shayna Gore led all scorers with 19, including 5-of-8 from three. Gore needs just 13 more points to reach 1,000 for her career. The junior guard's five 3-pointers moved her into second place all-time with 138 made three-point field goals. Gore moved ahead of former teammate McKenzie Akers (2013-17) and Natal Rosko (1994-98). She needs nine more to pass Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (2002-06) for first all-time.
Sophomore Ashley Saintigene earned her first start of the season and played a career-high 33 minutes. The 6-2 forward scored 11 points, grabbed eight boards and recorded a career-best four steals. Redshirt sophomore Tana Driver started for the second-straight game and dished out four assists. Over the last two contests, both starts, Driver has 10 assists and just two turnovers.
The Series: 2 meetings, Marshall leads 2-0
The first meeting between the programs came on Nov. 21, 2003 in Huntington as part of the Fifth Third MU Classic. The Herd defeated Morgan State 88-34 in Marshall's season-opener. Future Marshall Athletics Hall of Famer Catie Knable grabbed eight rebounds in the game and the Herd held the Bears to just 23.3 percent shooting.
The squads did not meet again for another 13 years. On Nov. 30, 2016, Morgan State traveled to Huntington, and Marshall came away with a 62-43 victory. The Herd used a balanced scoring attack and a stifling defense to improve to 5-1 and drop Morgan State to 1-5. Khadaijia Brooks and Taylor Porter scored 13 points each while Talequia Hamilton and Shayna Gore scored nine each and Kiana Evans added eight. Evans also grabbed eight boards. Freshman Ashley Saintigene recorded three blocks as the Herd defense held the Bears to just 27.8 percent shooting from the floor and 11.8 percent (2-of-17) from three. The Bears were led by Braennan Farrar with 14 points and three assists and Tykyrah Williams scored 11.
Scouting the Bears
Morgan State has started the season 6-3, looking to bounce back from a 9-21 record a season ago. The Bears three losses have been against tough competition at Syracuse (95-68), at Dayton (88-52) and Iowa (90-46). Morgan State has won its last four games including a 62-51 decision over FIU Monday night. Senior forward Lexus Spears led the Bears with 17 points, ending her three-game streak of scoring 20 or more. Spears is the team's leading rebounder at 7.4 per game and grabbed eight against FIU. She is very active on defense as well with 11 blocks and 18 steals this season. Spears has recorded at least one block in the last four games. Senior guard Braennan Farrar scored a season-low six points against FIU but recorded four assists and had three blocks. Farrar is second on the team in scoring with 13.0 per game and leads with 39 assists (4.3 per game) and 25 steals.
Morgan State is averaging just under 67 points a game and holding opponents to 63.2. The Bears have forced 31 more turnovers than the squad has committed and has 55 more steals than its opponents (112-57). Offensively, the team has struggled a little shooting 40.0 percent from the floor, 29.4 from three (45-of-153) and 63.6 percent from the line.