Jan. 8, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Following its conference-opening 81-55 win over East Carolina, the Thundering Herd women's basketball team will take to the road this week to face Conference USA opponents Memphis and UAB.
Marshall, who improved to 9-5 with the win over ECU, will begin the trip with an 8 p.m. meeting against Memphis on Thursday night before traveling to UAB for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday evening.
For the third time in as many seasons in C-USA, the Herd opened its conference schedule with a win. In 2005, Marshall opened with a 57-54 win over ECU before topping Houston, 57-41, last season. Both games took place at the Cam Henderson Center.
Kizzy Hart and Tynikki Crook led the way against ECU, notching 15 points each. For Hart, it marked eighth straight game in double-digits while Crook's total marked the top scoring output of her career.
With three steals against the Pirates, Casey Baker continued to move up in the conference rankings. Her season average of 3.57 steals per game leads the conference and puts her 11th in the nation.
Marshall's potent offense, which has scored 70 points or more in nine of its last 11 games, ranks second in C-USA and 29th in the nation, averaging 74.5 per game. The two games over that stretch that the Herd failed to reach 70 points resulted in losses.
After Virginia ended MU's five-game win streak last weekend, the team rebounded with an 81-55 statement win over ECU. The team will looks to keep things going against team it has found success on over the last two years. Marshall owns a perfect 5-0 record against Memphis, topping the Tigers three times in 2005-06, including the C-USA Tournament, before sweeping Memphis last season.
The Herd also holds a winning edge over UAB, winning three of five games in the series. The teams split two games last year, with the road teams victorious in each match.
Memphis enters Thursday's game with a record of 3-11 after falling to UAB in the conference opener by a score of 76-63. The Tigers are a potent offensive threat as they average 69.6 PPG, fifth in the conference. They also excel on the defensive end, averaging 4.43 blocks per game, third in C-USA.
UAB is currently 5-9 after topping Memphis. Leading the Blazers is senior forward Diamond Rogers, who leads her team in points (17.4 PPG), rebounds (7.6 per game), assists (52) and minutes (516). She is the leading scorer in C-USA and 49th nationally. UAB has two strong wins under their belt this year, having beat Big Ten member Illinois, 69-56, in November, before topping Big East foe St. John's in December by an 80-71 margin.
Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick will look to move closer to the 500-win club this weekend. His total stands at 497 career victories. Chadwick is also closing in on his 100th win at Marshall, currently holding 97 in just over six seasons at the university.
All games can be heard live on Marshall's student station, WMUL 88.1-FM, which will also utilize a web broadcast at www.marshall.edu/wmul.