Aggies and Herd to Tangle in College Station on Sunday
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas ? The Marshall Thundering Herd women?s basketball team arrived at Texas A&M University on Saturday afternoon in preparation for their Sunday tilt with the Big 12?s Aggies at 2 p.m. from Reed Arena.
The game pits two former Stephen F. Austin coaches versus one another, as Marshall's Royce Chadwick will square off against Texas A&M's Gary Blair. Chadwick totaled 173 wins to only 44 losses (.797 winning percentage) during his seven-year stint at SFA (1994-2001), while Blair went 210-43 (.830) from 1985-1993 at the Nacogdoches, Texas-based school.
Marshall (6-1) fended off a strong effort from the Broncs of Texas-Pan American on Friday to tally win No. 6 after dropping its first game of the season on Dec. 15 at home versus Austin Peay. UTPA held an eight-point edge at halftime, but a Herd 48-point second half, led by 14 points from freshman Teyonka Hodge (Washington, D.C.), propelled Marshall to a 74-59 victory in its first road contest of the year.
Hodge finished the game with a career-high 20 points and five rebounds to go along with three assists and three steals. Senior Catie Knable (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) posted her third double-double of 2003-04 with a 17-point, 14-rebound performance.
Texas A&M (6-2) is led in scoring by senior guard Toccara Williams? 13.3 points per game, but the big question out of College Station is whether the Big 12?s best defender will be able to play on Sunday. Williams, also a member of Team USA at the 2003 World University Games, injured her ankle in Wednesday?s win over Louisiana-Monroe.
Sunday?s game will mark the second all-time meeting between the two schools, with the Aggies holding a 1-0 advantage. A&M upended the Herd 79-65 on Dec. 7, 1996.
Marshall and Texas A&M can be followed live on 88.1 WMUL-FM in the Huntington area or by logging on to www.marshall.edu/wmul.