Marshall Set for Final Non-Conference Game at NJIT
Women's basketball preps for first away contest in 54 days
Jan. 4, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Thundering Herd (6-6, 0-0 C-USA) will begin 2014 by concluding its non-conference season at NJIT (4-13, 0-0 GWC), Sunday, at 2 p.m. in Newark, N.J.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Nine of the Thundering Herd's 11 active players found the scoreboard, with four finishing in double digits, as Marshall defended its home court on New Year's Eve by defeating Davis & Elkins, 86-72, Tuesday afternoon at Cam Henderson Center.
The Herd committed only eight turnovers, the fewest since turning the ball over eight times versus Houston, Feb. 26, 2009. Marshall used the Senators' 26 turnovers to score 40 points, and held D&E to zero fast-break points. The Herd’s 86 points matches its season-high, scoring the same versus WVU Tech, Dec. 9. Its 12 steals is also a season-high mark. Leah Scott (Detroit) sunk 14 of her career-high 20 points in the second period, and freshman Chelsey Romeo (Hampton, Va.) tied her career high of 16.
BACK ON THE ROAD
Playing 10 of its 12 games so far this season in Huntington, Marshall will leave the friendly confines of Cam Henderson Center for the first time since facing West Virginia in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic in Charleston, W.Va., Dec. 14. The Herd’s lone road game was Nov. 12, a 67-48 loss at Robert Morris.
WON’T GIVE IT UP
Committing only 12.8 turnovers per game, Marshall is 18th out of 343 teams ranked in NCAA Division I women’s basketball, and tops Conference USA. The Herd had only eight slips versus Davis & Elkins, the fewest since turning it over eight times versus Houston, Feb. 26, 2009.
Since Nov. 18, over five games, junior AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) is a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line. She has missed only twice this season for a team-high percentage of .923 at 24-of-26.
‘VICTRUM’ OF CIRCUMSTANCES
Sophomore guard Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) has made quite an impact for the Herd of late. She is the only Herd player to put up double digits in each of Marshall’s last five games, and has led the team in scoring for three of last four outings. Notably, her career-high 24 points against Wofford (Dec. 19) are the most scored by a player in coach Matt Daniel’s two seasons and are the most by a Herd player since Tynikki Crook scored 25 in a 71-67 home win over Cleveland State, Dec. 18, 2010. Her eight assists and 12-made free throws versus Wofford are also single-game highs under Daniel.
ROMERO EARNS C-USA HONORS
Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) earned her first Conference USA Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week honor for the week Monday, Dec. 23. This is the first conference weekly award earned in coach Matt Daniel’s two seasons. Romero is the second Herd player ever to earn the honor, with the last being Shay Weaver who earned the award twice in 2012 (Feb. 20, March 2).
The 6-1 forward helped lead Marshall to back-to-back victories for the first time under Daniel, averaging 11.5 rebounds per game over two games. Against Wofford (Dec. 19), she scored 10 points, had nine rebounds and shot .417 from the field. She tied her career high with 14 boards versus Delaware State (Dec. 21) and matched her best performance of three blocks in both games.
CHANGING IT UP
Coach Matt Daniel has started six different combinations over 12 games, and five of the Herd’s six wins have come with different starting lineups. No Herd player has started all 12 games, however, junior Leah Scott (Detroit) has started all but one game.
For the first time in coach Matt Daniel's two seasons, Marshall won back-to-back games, defeating Wofford, 71-56 (Dec. 19), and Delaware State, 62-47 (Dec. 21). The Herd’s last winning streak came in February 2012, when Marshall defeated Memphis, 65-54 (Feb. 16), and UAB, 40-37 (Feb. 19).
SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS
NJIT (4-13, 0-0 GWC) will complete a four-game home stretch when it hosts the Herd, Sunday, losing two of its last three contests at Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center. This season, the Highlanders are 3-5 at home, and most recently dropped an 84-37 decision to Clemson, Thursday. Shakia Robinson’s 11.1 points per game and Uju Nwankwo’s 9.6 rebounds per game are top marks for NJIT.
Sunday’s game marks the first meeting between Marshall and NJIT.
Marshall opens Conference USA play by hosting Tulane in a televised contest at 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, at Cam Henderson Center. For all the latest information about Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.