Women's Basketball to Host UAB, Saturday
Herd seeks first 2013-14 Conference USA win
Jan. 10, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s basketball (7-7, 0-1) will continue searching for its first Conference USA win when it hosts UAB (8-6, 0-1), Saturday, at 1 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center.
Live stats and live video will be available through the women’s basketball schedule page at HerdZone.com. The official live radio broadcast can be found online or through WMUL 88.1 FM, and live updates will be available through @HerdWBB on Twitter.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Senior Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) contributed a season-best performance of 19 points and 10 rebounds for her second career double-double in a 77-61 Marshall loss to Tulane, Thursday evening, at Cam Henderson Center. Struggles in the paint limited Marshall to 33 rebounds and 26 points, opposite Tulane’s 47 boards and 37 points in the lane. The Green Wave also converted 13 second chance points off 13 offensive rebounds, while Marshall put up only four points off seven offensive boards.
Two other Herd players found double digits with Leah Scott’s (Detroit) 19 and Norrisha Victrum’s (Columbia, S.C.) 11. Victrum has contributed double-digits in the scoring column in six of Marshall’s last seven outings.
GET YOUR GREEN ON
Saturday’s game will be a “Green-Out”, in which fans are encouraged to don their best Kelly Green for $3 tickets. The first 100 fans will receive a free Marshall water bottle.
WON’T GIVE IT UP
Committing only 12.6 turnovers per game, Marshall is 14th 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.
For the second time this season and the second time in coach Matt Daniel’s two seasons, Marshall won back-to-back games, defeating Davis & Elkins, 86-72 (Dec. 31), and NJIT 57-56 (Jan. 5). The Herd won consecutive games earlier this season when it defeated Wofford, 71-56 (Dec. 19), and Delaware State, 62-47 (Dec. 21). Prior to this season, the Herd’s last winning streak came in February 2012, when Marshall defeated Memphis, 65-54 (Feb. 16), and UAB, 40-37 (Feb. 19).
‘VICTRUM’ OF CIRCUMSTANCES
Sophomore guard Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) has made quite an impact for the Herd of late. She leads Conference USA with an assist/turnover ratio of 2.37, good for 38th out of 250 NCAA Division I players ranked. 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 14 games, and five of the Herd’s seven wins have come with different starting lineups. No Herd player has started all 14 games, however, junior Leah Scott (Detroit) has started all but one game.
Since Cam Henderson Center opened in 1981, the Herd holds a home record of 258-155 (.625 winning percentage) in 33 seasons. In coach Matt Daniel’s two seasons, the Herd is 12-12 at ‘the Cam.’ Last season, Marshall was 3-5 at home versus conference opponents.
SCOUTING THE BLAZERS
UAB (8-6, 0-1 C-USA) dropped its first Conference USA outing versus UTEP, 85-76, Wednesday, in Birmingham, Ala. As a team, the Blazers are averaging 67.3 points and 40.0 rebounds per game while allowing opponents to score 61.1 points and pull down 36.5 rebounds per contest. Karisma Chapman holds team-best averages of 18.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Including Chapman, three Blazers are recording 15 or more points per game in the score column. UAB’s three-point percentage is second in the conference at 31.9 percent.
Saturday’s game marks the 20th meeting between Marshall and UAB, with the Blazers leading the series, 10-9, and winning the last two matchups – both of which were last season. The last time Marshall defeated UAB was Feb. 19, 2012, with a 40-37 victory in Birmingham.
The Thundering Herd will take on two Texas teams in its first Conference USA road trip at North Texas (Jan. 15) and Rice (Jan. 18). For all the latest information about Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.