Dec. 10, 2016
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall women's basketball returns to the Cam Henderson Center for the first of a five-game homestand to face Bluefield College. Tipoff is set for Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m.
Sunday afternoon is the Ugly Holiday Sweater Party. Fans who wear an ugly holiday sweater get in for $2 a ticket as well as fans who bring their ticket stub from the men's basketball game against Toledo from Saturday night. It is also Kid's Club Day as kids get into the game for free. Parents and family can purchase $2 tickets and the kids get to go down to the floor at halftime for a promotional game.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall is 5-3 after losing at North Carolina, 75-53, on Dec. 3. The Herd had three players grab 10 or more rebounds for the first time since Dec. 30, 2010 at home against Elon. At UNC, freshman Ashley Saintigene and sophomore Khadaijia Brooks all recorded 11 each while redshirt senior Talequia Hamilton had 10.
KB WORKING THE GLASS
Sophomore forward Khadaijia Brooks has been working the interior for Marshall in the early part of 2016-17. Brooks leads the Herd with 59 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 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 5.5 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 19 (2.4 per game) and has recorded at least one block in each game and has mulitple blocks in every game but two.
SCOUTING BLUEFIELD COLLEGE
The Rams are 7-6 after defeating Truett-McConnell University, 51-45, Saturday Dec. 10. Bluefield College has won three out of its previous four games going back to Nov. 30. The Rams are led by sophomore forward Courtney Kendrick who was averaging 11.2 points per game going into the Truett-McConnell contest. Kendrick also leads the team in rebounds with 6.4 per game and blocked shots with 19. Sophomore guard Danae Cox is the team leader in steals (17) and three-point shooting (23-of-47, 48.9 percent) while junior guard Hannah Preservati has dished out 49 assists in 12 games (4.1 per game). Bluefield College has outrebounded its opponents by nearly nine boards per game but have committed 66 more turnovers through 12 games. After playing the Herd, Bluefield College has almost a month before its next game, Jan. 3 at Montreat College.
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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).