|UM-Fort Kent||Marshall University|
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team set a school and Conference USA record with a 136-62 victory over Maine Fort Kent, Tuesday afternoon in the Cam Henderson Center. Marshall improves to 8-3 while Maine Fort Kent drops to 11-2.
The Herd’s 136 points established a Marshall basketball record for both the men’s and women’s programs. The new mark broke the old women’s record of 127 from Dec. 22, 2014, against Brescia which also happened to be the Conference USA record for most points scored by one team in a game. The men’s scoring record is 131 against Old Dominion from Feb. 27, 1968. Current head men’s basketball coach Dan D’Antoni was a junior on that Herd squad.
The 74-point margin of victory was a program record, besting the old mark of 72 in a 100-28 Herd win over Bluefield State on Feb. 18, 1976.
Marshall’s stat line of 55 made baskets, 88 shot attempts, 15 made three-pointers and 65 rebounds were all program-highs during the Matt Daniel era.
The Herd had six players finish in double-figures for the first time since Dec. 20, 2015, against Norfolk State. Sophomore Shayna Gore had her third 20-point game of the season with a team-high 25 on 10-of-13 shooting including 4-of-6 from three. Gore added a career-high eight assists and five steals. Sophomore Khadaijia Brooks set career-highs with 22 points and 12 rebounds in her first career double-double. Redshirt senior Talequia Hamilton made the most of her time with 22 points and eight rebounds in just 17 minutes.
Reigning Conference USA Freshman of the Week, Ashley Saintigene put up career-highs with 18 points and 15 boards. She added three assists, two steals and it was the first game this season that Saintigene did not record a blocked shot. Redshirt junior McKenzie Akers finished with a season-high 14 points and hit four more three-pointers to give her 105 for her career. Akers is one away from tying Kristi Huff (1988-92) for eighth all-time. The Princeton, W.Va., native set a career-high with seven assists.
Freshman Asheika Alexander rounded out the double-digit scoring with a career-high 13 points and six rebounds.
All nine players who stepped on the floor for the Herd scored at least six points. Sophomore Logan Fraley had eight, freshman Jovana Vucetic set a career-high with eight and senior Kiana Evans scored six.
It was the first time that Marshall had two players with double-doubles (Brooks and Saintigene) in the same game since March 11, 2015 against Charlotte. In that contest, Leah Scott scored 19 points with 12 rebounds and Chukwuka Ezeigbo finished with 14 points and 15 boards.
Marshall started the game on an 8-0 run over the first 3:13 of the clock. The two teams traded baskets back and forth and the Bengals got the lead down to seven, then the Herd went on a 12-0 run. The run featured 3-pointers from Brooks, Akers and Gore. Marshall continued to hold a double-digit lead that built out to 24 as the Herd ended the first quarter with the score 35-11. Marshall shot 65 percent (13-of-20) in the first period.
Marshall kept up the offensive onslaught in the second quarter hitting 70.0 percent (14-of-20) from the floor and 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The Herd hit 12 three-pointers in the first half. Brooks and Gore hit four three-pointers each and Akers added three. Akers and Gore had five assists each in the first half as well. Marshall went into the break leading 71-29.
In the second half, Marshall’s offense cooled just a little as the Herd hit 58.3 percent (28-of-48) from the floor and 25 percent (3-of-12) from three. Hamilton (12 points) and Alexander (11) led the way for the Herd in scoring in the second half.
Maine Fort Kent began to find its outside shot as the game went along as the Bengals also hit 15 three-pointers. Tierra Wilks led the Bengals with 20 points, 11 of which came in the second half. The team’s leading scorer for the season Necole White put up 15 with 11 coming in the second half. White played only 12 minutes in the first half due to three quick fouls.