Herd Women’s Basketball Hosts Alice Lloyd in Final Non-Conference Match
Tipoff Saturday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team plays host to the Alice Lloyd Eagles on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m., in the Cam Henderson Center. It is the Thundering Herd’s final non-conference game of the 2017-18 season.
The Series: 1 meeting, Marshall leads 1-0
The only meeting between these two schools took place on Nov. 26, 1979. The Herd won the game 82-35 in Huntington.
Last Time Out
At Tennessee State, it seemed the Herd could not miss in the first half. Especially from three. At the end of the first quarter, Marshall was 7-of-9 from long range and led by 19 (29-10) at the end of the period. In the second quarter, the Herd hit 3-of-4 from three and finished the first half 10-of-13 from beyond the arc. Shayna Gore buried four while Kristen Mayo and Tana Driver both drained two apiece.
Johnson Hits the Floor in her Hometown
Mychelle Johnson finally got her opportunity to join her Marshall teammates in uniform and on the court for game day against Kentucky Christian (Dec. 18). The Huntington, W.Va., native had to wait through the fall semester after transferring from Middle Tennessee State. Once the 5-5 guard got on the floor, she took advantage of the opportunity. Johnson played 22 minutes off the bench and dished out a game-high six assists. She added four points, four rebounds and two steals. Johnson played 12 minutes at Tennessee State, and while she did not score, she ripped off a career-best four steals.
Scouting the Eagles
Alice Lloyd is 9-1 this season, is undefeated (4-0) in the River States Conference and winners of the past six games. The lone loss was to Milligan College, 94-91, in overtime. The team is led by the Wilson sisters, Miranda and Kayla. The twins have combined to score 296 points. Miranda averages 15 while Kayla scores 14.6 per game. Kayla leads the Eagles in rebounding with 7.5 per and Miranda leads in assists with 5.7 per contest. The seniors have also combined for 64 of the team’s 116 steals. 6-1 freshman center Alex Clifton leads the team with 17 blocks and is fourth in the conference. Alice Lloyd leads the River States Conference in scoring at 87 points per game and average 10 made 3-pointers per contest, which also leads the RSC. The team has hit 52 more 3-pointers than the competition. The Eagles shoot at 42.7 percent clip, 36.1 percent from three and 71.5 percent from the line. Alice Lloyd gets outrebounded by a slim margin (-2.2) but the team has committed 76 fewer turnovers and has ripped off 45 more steals than its opponents.
Marshall begins Conference USA action on the road at Florida Atlantic (Jan. 5) and FIU (Jan. 7).