Marshall enters final week of regular season at WKU
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Marshall and WKU women’s basketball teams will face off twice this week with the first meeting scheduled for Wednesday in Bowling Green. Tip time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 a.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
The Thundering Herd enter the game with an overall record of 13-12 and 8-8 in American Conference play. The Lady Toppers are 18-9, 11-5 in the league.
Marshall clinched the No. 5 East seed at next week’s Conference USA tournament in Frisco.
Game Notes: https://s3.amazonaws.com/herdzone.com/documents/2022/3/1/3_2_22_at_WKU_Notes.pdf
Live statistics: https://wkusports.com/sidearmstats/wbball/summary
Live video: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=a466f960-a7ff-40df-9b7a-26a6d0404dfb
Marshall Radio: online at https://www.marshall.edu/wmul/wmul-stream-2/ with Jason Corriher
Series history: 17 all-time meetings – WKU leads 15-2
Last meeting: January 17, 2022 in Huntington, WV – WKU won 69-60
Courtney Whitson scored 19 points to lead three Blue Raiders by double digits as visiting Middle Tennessee won 65-57 at Marshall on Thursday night at the Cam Henderson Center.
The Blue Raiders improved to 20-5 and 12-3 in the Conference USA women’s basketball standings.
Alexis Whittington and Courtney Blakely added 13 and 11 points respectively for head coach Rick Insell. Whitson just missed a double-double with nine boards. Whittington added four assists.
Marshall was led by Savanna roller, who scored 22 points on 5-for-8, 10-for-10 shooting from the free throw line. The Catlettsburg, Kentucky native also added seven rebounds, while Aaliyah Dunham provided five assists.
Middle Tennessee took an 11-point lead (25-14) for one quarter and seized their biggest advantage (27-14) on a Kseniya Malashka layup 34 seconds into the second period. The Herd, however, cut the margin to six points twice before the visitors took a 34-27 halftime lead.
Middle’s Jaylnn Gregory drilled a triple to open the third, but the Herd then raced 11-0 to take a 38-37 lead on a three-pointer from Dunham at 5:07.
Marshall had a three-point advantage at 41-38 but then gave up a 9-0 run to the Blue Raiders on five points from Blakely, a three-pointer from Whitson and a free throw from Anastasiia Boldyreva to build a 47- 41 with 1h40 remaining.
The visitors pushed back the advantage to 13 (63-50) on a lay-up from Whitson at 1:54 of the fourth quarter.
Middle’s Whitson, Gregory and Whittington combined to shoot 11 for 19 (57.8%) from the perimeter.
The Blue Raiders led for 37 minutes, 27 seconds and won the rebound battle 32-27.
Wheeler now has 1,226 career points and ranked ninth on the school’s all-time scoring list, passing Karla May (1,216, 1982-86). Next up is Sheila Johnson (1326, 1987-91) who is eighth.
Wheeler’s two three-pointers on Thursday gave her 135 for her career, tying her with McKenzie Akers Newman (2013-17) for sixth place on this Marshall list.
by Marshall Briana Ferby scored nine points against Middle to give him 990 points in a career that began at Austin Peay and will end with the Thundering Herd.
The Lady Tops enter Wednesday’s contest at 18-9 overall and 11-5 in Conference USA.
The team went 7-4 in non-conference play.
Meral Abdelgawad leads the WKU in points (20.0), rebounds (7.2), steals (2.3-thirds in C-USA) and field goal percentage (54.7 -seconds in C-USA). Alexis Mead’s 3.5 assists and 38.6 percent three-point mark also lead the team. Jenna Walker is the team’s leading free thrower at 79.2%. Abdelgawad, who is also fourth in the league in minutes per game (34.6), and Marshall’s Savanna roller are tied for the league lead in scoring.
WKU leads the league in scoring (71.9) and steals (10.8), but trails in scoring defense (69.2) and defensive rebound percentage (62.7) .
The head coach is Greg Collins, who is in his fourth year at the helm of the Lady Toppers.
In the all-time series between the two schools, WKU have won 15 of 17 meetings, including all 10 at EA Diddle Arena
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