Marshall defeats Maine Fort Kent, 136-62
McKenzie Akers recorded her career 100th 3-pointer
The Herd held Bluefield to 19.3 percent shooting and had five players in double-figures
Three Marshall players with double-figure rebounds
Porter sets career-high with 24 points.
Women's basketball vs. Florida Atlantic at the Cam Henderson Center on Jan. 1, 2017. Photos by Rick Haye
Photos from the 2014 Capital Classic: No. 22/18 West Virginia 69, Marshall 56
Marshall vs. WVU - Women's Basketball (Dec. 4, 2013)
WBB vs Tulane
WBB vs UTEP
Matt Daniel, who quickly built a successful NCAA Division I women's basketball program at Central Arkansas, was named head coach at Marshall University in May 2012 and enters his fifth season with the Thundering Herd.
Daniel, 40, led Marshall to its third trip to the postseason as an NCAA program, and first WNIT appearance, in 2015-16 and was named to the inaugural Conference USA Coaches Circle as the Thundering Herd piled up 21 wins, the most for the program in nearly three decades. The circle honored all coaches who received at least one for the league’s Coach of the Year honor. Daniel also coached Leah Scott, who became the program’s first first-team Conference USA honoree last season. On Daniel’s watch, the program has gradually increased its proficiency in scoring, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, free throws made, assists and 3-pointers over the course of his four seasons. The program also connected on 219 3-pointers last season, besting the previous record of 193 set the previous campaign.
In 2014-15, he guided Marshall to a berth in the Women's Basketball Invitational and captured the program's first postseason win in the NCAA era (81-79 victory over Northern Kentucky) in only its second appearance. He also mentored Scott and Chukwuka Ezeigbo, who each became just the fourth and fifth student-athletes in program history to gain All-Conference USA recognition (second team). The stage was set for a good season when Daniel and his staff brought in a 2015-16 recruiting class that was ranked 52nd nationally by BlueStar Report, ahead of Villanova, Indiana, Boston College and Cincinnati among others.
On Dec. 22, 2014, Daniel's Thundering Herd set a school single-game scoring record in a 127-56 win over Brescia. That mark is also a Conference USA record, giving Daniel's teams the single-game scoring record in two leagues (Conference USA, Southland). In that game, the team hit 14 3-pointers, tying the school's all-time record. Marshall guard AJ Johnson also nailed seven 3-pointers, also a school record, and set a Marshall single-season school record when she hit 72 3-pointers last season.
In Daniel's second season, his Thundering Herd became the lowest seed to advance in a conference tournament when, as a 16 seed, it defeated ninth-seeded Florida Atlantic 80-73 in the opening round of the 2014 Conference USA Tournament in El Paso, Texas.
At UCA, Daniel earned a reputation as a spirited and tireless young coach who displayed an ability to turn around a program, finishing his final three seasons at UCA with a 66-26 record.
During his four years with the Sugar Bears, Daniel took UCA from Division II to the Division I level and guided a program that had two consecutive 20-loss seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09) to its first Division I regular season conference championship (Southland Conference), two postseason tournaments ('12 WNIT, '11 WBI) and three straight 21-win seasons. His teams had the best overall and conference records in the Southland Conference over his last three seasons.
Daniel's recruiting ability led to many of Central Arkansas' recent successes. During his four years at UCA, he produced two Southland Players of the Year, a Southland Defensive Player of the Year and a Southland Freshman of the Year. Daniel also coached eight All-Conference selections, along with three first-team selections and three All-Academic honorees.
For his efforts, he was named the 2010 and 2012 Southland Coach of the Year.
Under Daniel's direction, women's basketball attendances increased significantly at UCA. Eight of the top 10 crowds in UCA history came in the last five years. UCA led the Southland in attendance, while developing an intimidating home-court advantage that included a 21-3 home conference record in his last three years.
In total, Daniel's teams have made four postseason appearances and all of his recruits that have graduated have played in a postseason.
The Jonesboro, Ark. native has other coaching experience at the University of Missouri, the University of Colorado, and Texas-Arlington, where he was an assistant coach at each institution.
Daniel started coaching as a graduate assistant for men's basketball at Arizona State and played collegiate basketball at Colorado and Harding (Ark.) University.
He is a 1998 graduate of Harding University and was Mr. Basketball in Arkansas in 1994. He was named MVP of the state tournament after taking Jonesboro High School to a state title in Arkansas' highest classification.
He and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Daniel, welcomed their firstborn daughter, Steele, in October 2012, and their second daughter, Brett, in July 2014.
**GUIDED PROGRAM TO ITS SECOND (WBI) AND THIRD (WNIT) TRIPS TO THE POSTSEASON AS AN NCAA PROGRAM AND FIRST VICTORY (WBI)
**2016-NAMED TO INAUGURAL CONFERENCE USA COACHES CIRCLE (RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE VOTE FOR COACH OF THE YEAR)
**2016-1 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SELECTION (FIRST-EVER FIRST-TEAM SELECTION AND JUST THE SIXTH OVERALL)
**2016-LED PROGRAM TO 21 WINS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY THREE DECADES
**2016-ACHIEVED A .500 C-USA RECORD FOR THE SECOND TIME IN PROGRAM HISTORY
**2016-LED IMPROVEMENTS IN SCORING, FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE, FREE THROW PERCENTAGE, FREE THROWS MADE PER GAME, ASSISTS PER GAME AND 3-POINTERS PER GAME OVER HIS FOUR-YEAR SPAN
**2015-2 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SELECTIONS
**2015-BROKEN 3 CONFERENCE RECORDS AND 5 SCHOOL RECORDS
-SIGNED #52 RECRUITING CLASS IN 2014 EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
**2014-15 WBCA CONFERENCE CAPTAIN
**2013-14 WBCA CONFERENCE CAPTAIN
**2011-12 WBCA CONFERENCE CAPTAIN
**2010-11 WBCA CONFERENCE CAPTAIN
**2012 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR
**2012 COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR
**2010 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR
**2010 WBCA NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
**2011 UCA COACH OF THE YEAR
**1 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
**4 POSTSEASON TOURNAMENTS (TWO IN FIRST TWO YEARS ELIGIBLE)
**4 SOUTHLAND PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
**SOUTHLAND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
**SOUTHLAND FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
**11 TOTAL ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS
**4 TOTAL FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS
**3 SOUTHLAND ALL-ACADEMIC SELECTIONS