Jan. 7, 2009
DALLAS - Road tilts against SMU and Tulsa await the Thundering Herd women's basketball team, who continues its six-game swing away from the Cam Henderson Center.
The weekend opens up with a Thursday evening contest at 8 p.m. at SMU before a matchup against Tulsa on Saturday at 3 p.m. The game against SMU will be available on All Access live and on CBS College Sports at 10 p.m. ET.
Marshall will be looking to halt a 2-5 streak, which has taken place over the last seven games, dropping its record to 7-6. In Saturday's conference opener at East Carolina, the Herd fell behind early and was never able to recover. The Pirates opened up a 28-point lead in the first half before leading by as many as 38 in the second half.
Chantelle Handy was the lone double digit scorer at ECU finishing with ten points and a team high four rebounds. Handy has reached double digits in three consecutive games and in seven of the last eight contests.
Three streaks were particularly evident during the ECU game, which have contributed to the recent slide. The most alarming stat may be the prolonged offensive struggles for the team. In four of the last seven games, the Herd has failed to score 20 points in at least one half of play. Those droughts have allowed the opposition to run up large leads, which the team has been unable to overcome.
The next two stats not only point to the recent streak, but things that have plagued Marshall throughout the year and in recent seasons. This year, the Herd is 0-4 when two or fewer players reach double figures and 6-23 over the last three seasons when that has been the case.
Another tough stat has been the team's struggles in games on Saturdays. The loss in Greenville knocked the Herd's record in Saturday games this season to 0-5. Marshall will play four more Saturday games this year, beginning at Tulsa this weekend.
With it being only the second week of conference play, the Herd has plenty of time to right the ship and will begin the task against one of the hottest teams in Conference USA, SMU. The Mustangs are 8-6 and are winners of their last four games, including a 67-56 triumph over Tulsa in their C-USA opener last weekend.
SMU is the top scoring team in the league, averaging 70.4 PPG. Brittany Gilliam leads the Mustangs with 14.4 PPG.
The trip will wrap up with Saturday's game against Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane has lost six of its last seven games and currently holds a mark of 4-9. Tulsa will face East Carolina on Thursday prior to Saturday's tilt with the Herd.
Larrissa Williams is the only player for Tulsa averaging double figures, scoring 14.7 PPG. Williams leads C-USA with 2.42 blocks per game, a total that puts her 27th in the country. As a team, the Golden Hurricane averages 5.0 blocks per game, a conference best.
Thursday's contest at SMU will be streamed on All Access and will also be tape delayed on CBS College Sports. Both games of the weekend can be heard on WMUL 88.1 FM and on the internet at http://www.marshall.edu/wmul.
Next Wednesday, Marshall will take on West Virginia in the annual Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic in Charleston.