Nov. 15, 2016
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall women's basketball team is set for the home opener as the Florida A&M Rattlers visit the Cam Henderson Center Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Herd opened the 2016-17 regular season 1-0 with a 55-53 come from behind win at Illinois Friday, Nov. 11. Marshall overcame a slow start and were led by sophomore Shayna Gore's career high 29 points to record the win. The Herd is 5-0 in season openers under head coach Matt Daniel.
Marshall started the contest shooting 1-of-17 from the floor and trailed 17-4 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Herd caught fire shooting 55.6% from the floor and tied the game at 27-27 at the half. Marshall outscored the Fighting Illini 23-10 in the second quarter. Marshall and Illinois battled back and forth throughout the second half, but Marshall pulled ahead on three made free throws by Gore with 44 seconds left.
Freshman Ashley Saintigene grabbed 12 rebounds in just 15 minutes of action. Gore was named Conference USA Co-Player of the Week for her performance at Illinois.
GORE LIKES SEASON OPENERS
Sophomore guard/forward Shayna Gore has performed well in both of her season debuts. As a freshman in 2015-16, Gore lit up the scoreboard with 27 points in a 104-101 Herd win at Morehead State. She was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week on Nov. 16 for her performance over the weekend. This season at Illinois, Gore once again caught fire with a career best 29 points while shooting .529 from the floor (9-of-17) and .500 from beyond the arc (3-of-6). She added six rebounds and three steals while helping to lead Marshall to the 55-53, come from behind win.
Marshall recorded 10 blocks in the 2016-17 season debut at Illinois. It 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.
SCOUTING FLORIDA A&M
The Florida A&M Rattlers are 0-1 to start the season after dropping the season opener 71-60 at North Florida. The Rattlers struggled in the second half shooting just 20.6% from the floor (7-of-34), 17.7% from three (3-of-17) and 60.0% from the line (15-of-25). Shakerrya Morrison led Florida A&M with 13 points and nine rebounds. The Rattlers have eight newcomers on the squad after the team finished 16-15 in 2015-16. Florida A&M lost both of the top scorers from a season ago (Olivia Antilla 14.8 & Khadejra Young 14.5) and its top rebounder (Young 7.4).
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Marshall stays home in the Cam Henderson Center as Coastal Carolina visits, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. ET. as part of a Marshall basketball double-header. The men's team will then take the floor at 5 p.m. against Western Carolina.