Women's Basketball Travels to Memphis|
Jan. 25, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women’s basketball hits the road this week and sets its sights on the Memphis Tigers. The Herd takes on the Tigers on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET and will follow with a game at Tulane at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Marshall enters the Memphis game with a 12-6 (3-2 C-USA) record after most recently falling 55-44 to UCF at home. The defeat gives the Herd its largest losing-streak of the season with three defeats in a row.
For the season, Marshall is out-scoring its opponents with a plus-7.1 margin, while shooting 37.3 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from behind the arc. The Herd have only been out-rebounded twice this season and average 42.6 boards per game. Marshall’s defense has been solid this year after earning 11.4 steals per game and forcing their opposition to turn the ball over 20.2 times per game.
Head coach Royce Chadwick has 12 players with plus-ten minutes per game and plays nearly 13 players per contest. As a result, no player is averaging double-digit point totals. Jasmine Shaw leads the team with 7.7 points per game and Lateidra Elliott follows with 7.3. Elliott leads the conference in three-point percentage with a 45.0 percent average after going 18-for-40. The senior guard also leads the team in assists with 39, while fellow senior guard Alaya Mitchell totals 38. Erica Woods leads the team in rebounds with 6.4 and combines for 108 boards per game. Defensively, Victoria Wells leads with 45 steals and Leandra King has 25 blocked shots.
Memphis enters the contest against Marshall 14-4 (4-1 C-USA) after winning the past three games straight. The Tigers most recent win came at UAB, 70-59, and the team knocked off Southern Miss and East Carolina in the two games prior. Memphis currently sits second in the Conference USA standings and has one of the best offenses in the league, averaging a conference-high 73.1 points per game. The Tigers are shooting 42.7 percent from the field for the season and lead the conference in three-point percentage as well with a 33.6 percent average. Brittany Carter leads the Tigers with 16.2 points per game, ranking her third in the league for the category. The senior also has 42 steals and a team-high 52 assists. Two other players average double-digit points per game including Jasmine Lee (15.0) and Nicole Dickson (13.7). Lee is shooting 53.5 percent from the field for the year and leads the team in rebounds with 9.2 per game, while Dickson follows closely with 8.8 per contest. As a team, the Tigers have a plus-13.4 scoring margin over their opponents, while averaging 43.1 rebounds, 15.6 assists, 11.4 steals, and 3.2 blocks per game.
This will be the 15th contest between the two programs, while Marshall holds a 10-4 advantage in the all-time series. Be sure to follow the game through live audio at 88.1 FM-WMUL or online at www.marshall.edu/wmul. The competition will also be available through live stats and live video, via www.herdzone.com.