Marshall to Begin First C-USA Road Trip at North Texas
Herd in the hunt for first conference win
Jan. 14, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Thundering Herd (7-8, 0-2 C-USA) will begin its first Conference USA road trip when it visits the North Texas Mean Green (6-9, 0-2 C-USA), Wednesday, at 8 p.m. ET at The Super Pit in Denton, Texas.
HAVE YOU HERD?
A career-high performance of five three-pointers by junior AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) would not prove to be enough to salvage a Conference USA showdown with UAB, as the Thundering Herd fell, 63-57, Jan. 11 at Cam Henderson Center. Johnson became the 12th Herd player all-time to sink five threes in a game, tied for third place in Marshall program history. She is the first to do it since Shay Weaver did in a 68-61 loss to Southern Miss, Feb. 28, 2013.
Contrary to the average Marshall offense, which commits only 12.6 turnovers per game (as of Jan. 11), the Herd turned it over 16 times to UAB. Marshall also found itself at a disadvantage in rebounding, 44-40. However, the Herd converted all 15 of its offensive rebounds for 15 second chance points. UAB’s leading scorer and rebounder, Karisma Chapman, finished with a double-double of 25 points and 11 boards.
WON’T GIVE IT UP
Committing only 12.8 turnovers per game, Marshall is 15th 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.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
The Herd’s offense has found success across its roster, as seven different players have led the team in scoring this season. Two Marshall players are averaging double figures offensively: Leah Scott (Detroit) with 12.1 points per game, and AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) with 10.0 points per game. Four different players have led the team in rebounding, with Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) and Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) currently topping the charts with 7.0 boards per game, each.
CHANGING IT UP
Coach Matt Daniel has started six different combinations over 15 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.
‘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.
SCOUTING THE MEAN GREEN
North Texas (6-9, 0-2 C-USA) is looking for its first win as a member of Conference USA, most recently falling to Middle Tennessee and Charlotte. Despite an 86-42 stomping by the Blue Raiders (Jan. 8), the Mean Green bounced back from being down 16 against the 49ers to lose by two in the final seconds (Jan. 11). Briesha Wynn is the only North Texas player to average double-digit scoring at 10.0 points per game. Acheil Tac is grabbing 7.8 boards per game, a team-best mark.
Wednesday’s game will be the third-ever meeting between Marshall and North Texas, with the Herd sweeping a home-and-home series in 2007 and 2008. Last time out, Marshall defeated the Mean Green, 78-69, in Huntington, Nov. 17, 2008.
Marshall will complete its Texas road swing at Rice, Saturday, at 3 p.m. ET in Houston. For all the latest information about Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.