Forward Ashley Saintigene was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week on Dec. 12.
Dec. 18, 2016
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team will finish the non-conference portion of its 2016-17 schedule with back-to-back home games in back-to-back days. The Herd will face the Longwood Lancers on Monday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m., and then take on the Maine Fort Kent Bengals on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m.
In game promotions for both of the Herd’s contests this week will be Lunch with the Herd. Fans can purchase a $5 meal deal from the concession stands.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall enters the two-game stretch at 6-3 this season. The last time out on the floor the Herd defeated Bluefield College, 77-35. Marshall dominated the interior scoring 42 points in the paint and outrebounding the Rams, 48-30. It was the seventh game this season that the Herd recorded 40 or more rebounds. Marshall held Bluefield College to just four points in the first quarter and only 10 by halftime. Four players for Marshall scored in double-figures with sophomore Shayna Gore leading the way with 18. Redshirt junior McKenzie Akers hit two more three-pointers to give her 98 for her career and move into ninth place all-time at Marshall.
FRESHMAN INSIDE FORCE
Freshman forward Ashley Saintigene has been a force around the paint offensively and defensively. Saintigene has recorded a block in every game this season and has 22 total. She is second on the team in rebounds with 62 and averages 6.9 per game. The Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., native was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week Dec. 12 for her effort at UNC and at home against Bluefield College. Down at Chapel Hill, Saintigene was one point away from a double-double with 11 rebounds and nine points and registered two blocked shots. All nine of her points and six of her 11 rebounds came in the second half. Against Bluefield College Saintigene grabbed six boards and six points but recorded three more swats.
KB WORKING THE GLASS
Sophomore forward Khadaijia Brooks has been working the interior for Marshall in 2016-17. Brooks leads the Herd with 67 rebounds, 7.4 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-high and career-best 38 minutes. Brooks recorded 11 rebounds at North Carolina to tie her career-high. 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 5.6 blocks per game this season. 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 Rattlers 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 22 (2.4 per game) and has recorded at least one block in each game and has multiple blocks in seven of nine games.
The Lancers come into the contest 1-7 with its lone win on the road at UMASS-Lowell, 72-59. The losses have come against Marquette (87-37), Duke (105-48), Fairleigh Dickinson (75-59), West Virginia Tech (76-58), Norfolk State (85-56), Charlotte (66-41) and West Virginia (107-40). Longwood is averaging 51.4 points per game while allowing its opponents 82.5 points per contest. Against WVU, Longwood allowed 100 points for the second time this season as the Mountaineers hit 56.8 percent (42-of-74) from the floor and drained 12 three-pointers. The Lancers were outrebounded 32-19 and committed 24 turnovers in the loss to the 15th ranked team in the country. Longwood is led in scoring by freshman guard Jada Russell at 8.0 points per game. Five other players are averaging at least 7.0 points per game. One of the five is sophomore forward Kemari Jones (7.7) who leads the team in rebounds with 7.3 per contest and grabbed seven boards against WVU. Junior guard Michaela Ellis leads with 22 assists (2.8 per game).
SCOUTING MAINE FORT KENT
A member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), the Maine Fort Kent Bengals enter a three-game, three-day road trip with a 10-0 record. The Bengals play Sunday Dec. 18 at Penn State Mont Alto, Monday Dec. 19 at Ohio University-Chillicothe and then Tuesday Dec. 20 at Marshall. The Bengals are second in the USCAA in points per game with 77.3 and fifth in points allowed per game at 35.0. The team’s closest game this season was a 14-point victory (73-59) over the Thomas College Terriers. Its last game before the three-game road swing was an 81-50 victory over Vermont Technical College. The Bengals are led by senior guard Necole White with 14.7 points per game. Freshman guard/forward Savanna Jankowski is second with 11.4. The squad has five players averaging over five rebounds per game and are led by freshman center Maleini Tanaki with 6.1.
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Marshall has two more home games before the holiday break on back-to-back days as the Herd will take on Longwood (Monday Dec. 19) and Maine Fort Kent (Tuesday Dec. 20).