Herd Women’s Hoops Home for Appalachian State
Tipoff in the Cam Henderson Center Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m.
Marshall Radio Broadcast
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team returns to the Cam Henderson Center for a contest with old Southern Conference foe Appalachian State. Tipoff is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. The Thundering Herd is 3-6 while Appalachian State is 1-8.
Fans can tune in through Herd Vision on http://conferenceusa.com/watch/?Live=3727 as well as on 88.1 WMUL-FM and online at www.marshall.edu/wmul on Stream 1.
Since the game is part of a Marshall basketball doubleheader, fans who purchase a ticket to the women’s game receive free admission to the men’s game against Ohio at 8 p.m. The game is also a Star Wars theme and fans who come dressed as Star Wars characters will receive free entry.
The Series: 41 meetings, Appalachian State leads 22-19
This series goes all the way back to Jan. 24, 1981, when the Mountaineers took the first meeting 61-59 in Boone, N.C. Appalachian State took the first two games before Marshall won nine-straight (1983-86). The Mountaineers held the advantage 20-10 in the years since. Marshall last defeated Appalachian State on Nov. 14, 2008, 67-65 on the road. The Mountaineers have taken the last two matchups in 2009 (63-58) and 2010 (64-55).
Last Time Out
Marshall put on a show in the fourth quarter in an incredible rally at Florida (Dec. 10). The Gators, one of the hottest three-point shooting teams in the country, led by 20 with 4:48 remaining in the third and by 16 (60-44) at the end of the third. Marshall went on an 11-2 run through the first 6:37 of the fourth and held the Gators without a made field goal until a layup by Haley Lorenzen with 3:23 left. The Herd came within one point (68-67) with 1:06 left in the game and had a chance to tie while trailing by three with four seconds to go. Florida took advantage of its free throw opportunities to hold on for the win. Talequia Hamilton, Asheika Alexander, Kristen Mayo and Ekaterina Zhibareva all hit a three in the fourth to help lead the comeback. Hamilton and Alexander scored seven points each in the fourth and Mayo added five. Marshall outscored Florida 25-14 with nine of UF’s 14 points coming from the free throw line. Before the fourth quarter, Florida had hit 12-of-26 (46.2 percent) from three. In the fourth, Marshall held the Gators to 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) from downtown and 2-of-11 (18 percent) from the field.
Hamilton was named Conference USA Player of the Week on Monday Dec. 11, after recording a double-double against Morgan State and then scoring 21 points in the five-point loss at Florida.
Scouting the Mountaineers
Appalachian State has had a rough start to the season with a 1-8 record. The team is on a three-game skid with losses to UAB (70-59), at UNC (56-43) and at Wake Forest (78-49). Freshman Tierra Wilson leads the team in scoring (11.3) and is tied for the lead in assists (23) with LaPresha Stanley. Sophomore Bayley Plummer has been a force on the glass averaging 11.4 boards this season and has added 15 blocks. The Mountaineers average 53.1 points per game while shooting 36.2 percent from the field and 27.8 percent from three. Appalachian State averages 21 turnovers per game.