Marshall Faces WVU in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic|
Jan. 16, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall travels to Charleston, W.Va. on Tuesday for the 51st consecutive meeting against West Virginia in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be televised throughout the state on WV PBS.
The Marshall-West Virginia rivalry is the most played contest in Marshall’s all-time history. Recently Marshall has lost the past six contests to the Mountaineers. The Herd looks to earn their first win against the WVU since January 11, 2005, when Marshall knocked off the Mountaineers 82-76.
The Herd enters the game with a 12-4 (3-1 C-USA) record after losing to SMU on Sunday afternoon, 55-53. The defeat ended a five game win streak, but the women’s basketball team boast an 11-2 record for the past 13 games. The 12-4 standing claims the best start to a season since the 1986-87 season when Marshall started the season 17-4. The contest against WVU will be the final non-conference game of the year for the Herd.
Jasmine Shaw leads the team in points with 8.0 per game despite not starting a game so far this season. The sophomore guard marks a 47.8 percent average from the field and totals 120 points for the year. Lateidra Elliott follows with an average of 7.4 points per game. Elliott leads the conference in three-point percentage with a 48.6 percent average. On the boards, Erica Woods has 98 rebounds for the year. Defensively, Victoria Wells leads the team with 43 steals, while Leandra King totals 24 blocks this season.
West Virginia comes into the game with a 12-5 (3-2 Big East) record after most recently taking a 51-48 loss at Providence. The Mountaineers have been outscoring their opponents by an average of +20.4 points per game while holding their opposition to under 50 points per game. WVU has a highly accurate offensive threat, posting a 43.0 percent mark from the field and averaging over five three-pointers per game. On the glass, the Mountaineers have a +11.8 rebounding margin and hold their competition to only 32 rebounds per contest. Defensively, WVU brings in over 10 steals per contest and averages 5.5 blocks per game.
The Mountaineers have two players averaging over 10 points per game in Taylor Palmer and Asya Bussie. Bussie leads the team in blocks with 43 and also accounts for 22 steals. The junior center also has a 58.8 percent average from the field. Sophomore guard, Brooke Hampton, totals 88 assists while Ayana Dunning leads the team in rebounds with 88.
Along with being televised on WV PBS, the game will be offered through live audio on 88.1 FM-WMUL or online at www.marshall.edu/wmul. The contest will also be available through live stats, via www.herdzone.com.