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Herd Women’s Hoops on the Road to Tennessee State

Talequia Hamilton and Taylor Pearson combined for 10 of Marshall's 26 steals in the win over KCU.
Dec. 20, 2017

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Marshall women’s basketball team hits the road to Nashville to take on the Tennessee State Tigers in the Herd’s final non-conference road match of the season. The game tips off from the Gentry Center on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. eastern.
 
The Thundering Herd is 4-7 and Tennessee State is 2-6.
 
Fans can tune into the game on the OVC Digital Network as well as the Marshall broadcast on 88.1 WMUL-FM and online at www.marshall.edu/wmul by clicking on Stream 1.
 
The Series: Three meetings, Marshall leads 3-0
This will be the first time that Marshall will play in the Gentry Center as all three previous meetings between the two schools have been played in Huntington. Marshall first met Tennessee State on Dec. 15, 1991, as the Herd won 74-55. Fourteen years went by before the schools played again on Nov. 18, 2005. The Herd won 81-57. The last meeting came on Nov. 21, 2008. Marshall came away with a 78-56 victory.
 
Last Time Out
Marshall stole its way to a dominating win over Kentucky Christian on Monday, Dec. 18, in the Cam Henderson Center. The Thundering Herd ripped off 26 steals while forcing the KCU Knights into 30 turnovers (Dec. 18) in a 111-38 victory. Marshall recorded 15 thefts in the first half and scored 44 points off turnovers. It was the most steals the Herd has had in a game since Jan. 17, 2013 at Tulsa, a 67-49 Golden Hurricane win, when Marshall had 15. Talequia Hamilton and Shayna Gore had seven steals each, both career-highs. Taylor Pearson contributed a career-best three and Tana Driver had two. Middle Tennessee State transfer, and Huntington native, Mychelle Johnson ripped off two steals in her first action of the season. In fact, everyone who played for the Herd recorded at least one steal, with the exception of Ashley Saintigene, who recorded four blocks.
 
Scouting the Tigers
Tennessee State is 2-6 this season and is coming off a 71-64 win at home against Lipscomb. Prior to that contest, the Tigers fell 95-56 to No. 3 Louisville. The team is led offensively by 5-11 redshirt junior guard/forward Tia Wooten with 20 points per game and 7.9 boards per contest. Wooten also leads the team in blocked shots with nine. Wooten and 5-5 senior guard Maxine Beard are the only players that have started every game this season. The only other player averaging double-figures is 5-11 freshman guard Taylor Roberts with 15.3 per game. Roberts is tied with Wooten in rebounds (7.9 per game) and leads the Tigers in steals with 17. The squad is shooting 38.3 percent from the floor, 28.1 percent from three, and 68.6 percent from the line. Opponents have hit 44.4 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three, and 63.8 percent from the line. Tennessee State holds a very slim rebounding advantage (325-322) and has committed just 15 more turnovers than the competition (187-172).
 
Marshall returns to the Cam Henderson Center for one final non-conference game against Alice Lloyd on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m.
 

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