ECU Pirates in Town for Big C-USA Rematch on CSTV Vs. Herd Women|
Jan. 27, 2007
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - After playing seven of its last nine games away from the Cam Henderson Center, the Marshall women's basketball team will open a three-game Conference USA homestand beginning with Sunday's nationally-televised clash with East Carolina. Tip-off for the CSTV contest is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
Marshall (12-8, 5-2), winners of four of its last six games, will try to avenge its worst C-USA loss of the season when it plays host to East Carolina. The Pirates (9-11, 4-3) claimed a 73-51 decision over the Thundering Herd on Jan. 2 at Minges Coliseum in MU's first league road contest of the year. Nothing went the Herd's way in its first game of 2007 in Greenville, N.C., but Marshall is 7-2 at home this season and undefeated at the Henderson Center in C-USA play (3-0).
Center Modupe Ishola (Washington, D.C.), fresh off scoring her 1,000th career point in Wednesday's loss to West Virginia, is averaging a double-double with 14.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Forward Meagan Samis (Oklahoma City, Okla.) is the Herd's other double-digit scorer with 10.6 tallies per contest. Samis, who will play in just her 12th game since transferring from UNC Wilmington after the 2004-05 season, has scorched the nets with a 63.6 percent shooting clip from 3-point range.
Since winning its C-USA opener with a win over the Thundering Herd, East Carolina has alternated wins and losses. The Pirates are the top defensive team in the conference, allowing league lows in points (60.0 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (33.3 percent) within C-USA action.
ECU guard Jessica Slack, who scored a game-high 16 points in the Pirates' convincing victory over Marshall on Jan. 2, hit five of her nine 3-pointers in C-USA play this season against the Herd. She went 5-for-7 from beyond the arc versus MU (71.4 percent), but has gone only 4-for-29 (13.8 percent) from distance against all other C-USA competition.
ECU features some of the top playmakers in C-USA, with center Cherie Mills, the Pirates' leading scorer (14.6) and rebounder (6.7), and guard Jasmine Young near the top of the blocked shots and assists list, respectively. Slack also ranks third in steals per C-USA game, swiping 2.9 balls per contest.
Marshall and East Carolina will meet for the seventh time, fourth as C-USA rivals, when the two schools tip-off on Sunday. East Carolina has claimed the last two meetings, both in Greenville, N.C., on the heels of a three-game Herd win streak over the Pirates. The 2005-06 Marshall-East Carolina series was decided by a total of four points, while this season's lone meeting, Jan. 2 at ECU, elicited the series' biggest margin of victory as the Pirates rolled to a 22-point win over the Herd.
Prior to last season's pair of games as C-USA members, Marshall and East Carolina had not met since 1984.
Sunday's game features several promotions, combining free t-shirts, cash giveaways and complimentary admission. The first 400 in attendance to the Herd-Pirates clash will receive a t-shirt. The group, student or otherwise, judged to have the best sign at the game will be given a $100 prize.
A ticket stub from Saturday's men's basketball game versus Houston will grant free admission into Sunday's women's game. Several women's basketball players will be roaming about the Cam Henderson Center during the men's game giving away signed mini basketballs. Those fans lucky enough to get a mini basketball from a player will obtain free admission into the next day's game. Also, a total of $200 cash will be thrown into the student section during Sunday's game.
Sunday's game on CSTV and can also be seen via live video streaming on HerdZone.com. The game can also be heard live on Marshall's student station, WMUL 88.1-FM, which will also utilize a web broadcast at www.marshall.edu/wmul.