Basketball

Gore 2nd Team, Saintigene All-Frosh on Conference USA Postseason All-League

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IRVING, Tx. – Marshall sophomore guard Shayna Gore and freshman Ashley Saintigene were honored Sunday by the Conference USA women’s basketball coaches and media in the league’s postseason awards. Gore was named second-team all-conference, while Saintigene was named to the conference’s all-freshman team.

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Shayna Gore (14) was named Second Team All-Conference USA by the league coaches on Sunday. (Herd Insider photo by Greg Perry)

Gore, a Logan, W.Va. native, finished the regular season tied for fifth in the league in 3-pointers per game (2.3), seventh in 3-point percentage (37.2), eighth in scoring (17.2), ninth in steals (1.8) and 13th in free throw percentage (76.4). Her 67 3-pointers currently stand as the fourth highest single-season total in program history and her 118 career long-range shots rank sixth all-time. Her 499 points in 2016-17 are currently the ninth highest single-season total.

Gore is Marshall’s sixth second-team All-C-USA selection. Also picked for the second team in Conference USA were Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (2006), Modupe Ishola (2007), Tynikki Crook (2011), Chukwuka Ezeigbo (2015) and Leah Scott (2015). Others on second teams in other leagues include the Mid-American Conference naming Kristina Behnfeldt in 1998 and Sikeetha Shepard-Hall in 2005, for the Herd’s last season in the MAC; and the Southern Conference second-team players including Karla May and Tammy Wiggins in 1986; Jenelle Stephenson in 1988; future Winter Olympian Skeleton silver medalist (2002) Lea Ann Parsley in 1989; Wendy Gatlin in 1991; Kristi Huff in 1992; Tracy Krueger in 1993; Tamira Higgins in 1994 and 1995; Stephanie Wine in 1996; and Cindy McCauley in 1997, the Herd’s last year in the SoCon.

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Ashley Saintigene was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team, the third player all-time on the C-USA All-Frosh team. She joins Alyssa Hammond, named in 2007, and Shay Weaver, named in 2012. (Herd Insider photo by Greg Perry)

Saintigene, a Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. native, is Marshall’s third C-USA all-freshman selection, following Alyssa Hammond (2007) and Shay Weaver (2012). She finished the regular season fifth in the league in blocked shots (1.5), sixth in offensive rebounds (3.0) and 16th in rebounding (6.1). Former All-Freshman team members include Alyssa Hammond, named in 2007, and Shay Weaver, named in 2012 to the C-USA All-Frosh team; Sikeetha Shepard-Hall was named in 2003 to the Mid-American Conference Freshman team; and Natal Rosko in 1995 and Kristina Behnfeldt in 1996 were both named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman teams.

The Thundering Herd (13-16, 5-13) will be the 12-seed in this week’s Conference USA Tournament (Birmingham, Ala.) and will face fifth-seeded Charlotte (20-12, 12-6) Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT in Bartow Arena. The game can be viewed on Campus Insiders.com.

All-Conference USA First Team

Grace Hunter, Charlotte | So., Raleigh, North Carolina

*Ty Petty, Middle Tennessee | Sr., Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Alex Johnson, Middle Tennessee | So., Murfreesboro, Tennessee

**Jennie Simms, Old Dominion | Sr.,

Brittanny Dinkins, Southern Miss | Sr., Miami, Florida

Loryn Goodwin, UTSA | R-Jr., Cypress, Texas

Ivy Brown, WKU | Jr., Hodgenville, Kentucky

**Kendall Noble, WKU | R-Sr., Hazard, Kentucky

All-Conference USA Second Team

**Lefty Webster, Charlotte | Sr., Norfolk, Virginia

Kierra Anthony, LA Tech | So., New Iberia, Louisiana

Shayna Gore, Marshall | So., Logan, West Virginia

Destinee Young, Old Dominion | R-Jr., Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Jasmine Goodwine, Rice | Sr., Killeen, Texas

Sparkle Taylor, UTEP | Sr., Flint, Michigan

Tesha Smith, UTSA | Sr., San Antonio, Texas

*Tashia Brown, WKU | Jr., Lake Park, Georgia

Conference USA All-Defensive Team

Nyilah Jamison-Myers, Charlotte | R-Jr., Orangeburg, South Carolina

Lefty Webster, Charlotte | Sr., Norfolk, Virginia

Abbey Sissom, Middle Tennessee | Jr., Woodbury, Tennessee

Destinee Young, Old Dominion | R-Jr., Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Brittanny Dinkins, Southern Miss | Sr., Miami, Florida

**Kendall Noble, WKU | R-Sr., Hazard, Kentucky

Conference USA All-Freshman Team

Alexis Gordon, FIU | Palm Bay, Florida

Ashley Saintegene, Marshall | Lauderdale Lakes, Florida

Shonte Hailes, Southern Miss | Quitman, Mississippi

Miyah Barnes, UAB | Memphis, Tennessee

Rachael Childress, UAB | Florence, Alabama

*Repeat Selection

About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).

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