Herd women ready to face Wisconsin

December 4, 2018

HUNTINGTON - Marshall University’s women’s basketball team has found a bit of a surge with back-to-back wins in its last two contests.

Gaining a third straight victory will be a tough task, however, as the Thundering Herd (3-4) heads into Big Ten country for a Tuesday battle against Wisconsin at 8 p.m. in a game that will be available on Big Ten Network Plus.

Marshall’s meeting with the Badgers is the first-ever matchup between the programs.

The teams come into the contest heading with different momentum.

Marshall won its last two contests, securing an overtime win over Evansville before topping Coppin State on Saturday.

Saturday’s contest against Coppin State featured a breakout contest for the Herd offense, who had struggled to find its range in the early portion of the season. The Herd had no such trouble Saturday, connecting on 16 of 32 3-point attempts while finishing just shy of 50 percent from the floor.

Shayna Gore led the offense for Marshall against Coppin State with 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in her best all-around game of the season. Kristen Mayo led the Herd’s 3-point shooting, connecting on all six of her 3-point attempts to finish with 18 points.

Wisconsin (6-2) is looking to end a two-game skid after winning its first six games. Both defeats were tight affairs against strong competition with the Badgers dropping a 69-68 defeat to Arkansas before a 60-53 loss to Duke.

Marsha Howard leads Wisconsin, averaging 13.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Howard had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Duke.

Freshman Imani Lewis is also a threat, averaging 13 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

Following the trip to Wisconsin, the Herd returns o Cam Henderson Center for a home doubleheader with the men’s basketball team Saturday. The women host Cleveland State 30 minutes following the conclusion of the men’s game at 2:30 p.m. with Toledo.

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