Jan. 18, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- The Marshall University women's basketball team takes a break from Conference USA play on Wednesday for its annual rivalry with No. 9 West Virginia in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic. The women will battle in the first game of a double-header, with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m., at the Charleston Civic Center. West Virginia Public Broadcasting will televise Wednesday's contest.
"West Virginia is the best basketball team that we have faced all year long," head coach Royce Chadwick said. "We are talking about one of the elite teams in the country. They are very senior oriented, they have a lot of experience, they have a lot of great players and are exceptionally well coached."
The Herd (5-11, 1-3 C-USA) dropped its second straight game, a 68-38 loss to first place Tulane on Sunday afternoon at the Cam Henderson Center. Tynikki Crook snagged her eighth double-double of the season pouring in 14 points to go along with a career-high 16 rebounds. Crook moved into sixth place on Marshall's all-time list in rebounds with 760. The senior remains in the top-40 in the nation in points per game (33rd, 18.0), field goal percentage (41st, .527) and rebounds per game (32nd, 9.9).
West Virginia (17-1, 4-1 Big East) had won 16 straight prior to a 69-54 loss to Marquette on Jan. 11th. The Mountaineers rebounded in its latest contest with a 70-61 win against Syracuse on Jan. 15th. Madina Ali leads the team with 14.1 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 57.2 percent from the floor and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. Liz Repella is close behind with 14.0 points per game.
"It is going to be a tremendous challenge and we look forward to being able to play in Charleston," Chadwick continued.
The Thundering Herd will resume Conference USA play on Sunday when it travels to Orlando, Fla., to take on UCF. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.