Marshall Ready for Old Dominion, Saturday
Women's basketball to visit Norfolk, Va.
Jan. 31, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Following a 2,000-mile trip from El, Paso, Texas, to Norfolk, Va., Marshall women’s basketball (7-12, 0-6) will face the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (9-12, 2-5) for a 7 p.m. tilt at Ted Constant Convocation Center, Saturday.
HAVE YOU HERD?
A potent UTEP offense proved to be too much for Marshall women’s basketball as it dropped its sixth-consecutive game with a 77-50 loss, Wednesday, at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Coach Matt Daniel started his fourth different lineup of the Herd’s last five games, and the ninth different group this season.
Senior Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) finished with 16 points, 11 coming in the second half. Eight of Marshall’s 12-player active roster found the scoreboard with all 12 earning playing time. Senior Orlandria Williams (Memphis, Tenn.) came off the bench to contribute a season-high seven points, and junior Aja Sorrells (Athens, Ga.) matched her season-high of eight.
LONG ROAD AHEAD
With just one win on the road this season (at NJIT, Jan. 5), the Herd is looking for its first Conference USA victory away from Huntington since March 1, 2012, when it defeated former C-USA member UCF, 69-60, in Orlando, Fla. Last year, Marshall went 0-8 on the road in regular-season league play.
As of Jan. 28, Conference USA leads the nation with the most overtime periods played with 14 for the 2013-14 season. Of the 16 teams in the league, 12 have played an overtime period this season, including the Thundering Herd. Marshall recently dropped a heartbreaker in extra minutes at Rice, Jan. 18 (74-68). The last time the Herd won an overtime game was Dec. 2, 2010, when Marshall defeated George Washington, 64-61, after two overtime periods.
CHANGING IT UP
Daniel has started nine different combinations over 19 games, and five of the Herd’s seven wins have come with different starting lineups. No Herd lineup has started more than six times, and no player has started all 19 games. However, Leah Scott (Detroit) and Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) have started all but four contests. Twelve of Marshall’s 14 active players have made at least one start this season.
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. Scott tops all Herd scorers with 11.8 points per game, with Dickens close behind at 10.4. Four different players have led the team in rebounding, with Dickens currently topping the charts with 7.3 boards per game.
BLOCKS IN THE BOOKS
Junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) has moved into sole possession of 12th place in the Marshall record book for career blocked shots (58). She needs two more to tie 11th-place holder Deanna Carter, who blocked 60 from 1978-82.
Ezeigbo’s 36 blocks last season are tied for eighth place in Herd history, and her seven swats versus Indiana State (Nov. 12, 2012) are the fifth-most in a single game at Marshall.
SCOUTING THE LADY MONARCHS
Old Dominion (9-12, 2-5) is averaging 67.9 points a game and is hitting 40.9 percent of its field goals on the season. The Lady Monarchs are forcing 17.8 turnovers per game and collecting nine steals per contest, which is within the Top-100 nationally. ODU also ranks within the NCAA’s Top-100 lists for three-point field-goal defense, as they limit opposing teams to just connecting on 29.4 percent from long-range per game.
Shay Kelley leads the team with marks of 16.5 points and 10 boards per game. Entering the week, her 12 double-doubles ranked No. 13 in the country, while her 10 rebounds per game was good for a No. 35 national ranking.
The all-time series between Marshall and Old Dominion is tied, 1-1, with the Lady Monarchs taking the most recent meeting, 68-36, in Norfolk (Nov. 15, 1998). Prior to that matchup, the Herd defeated ODU in the 1974 Radford Tournament, 41-34 (Feb. 1, 1974).
Marshall will return to Cam Henderson Center to host a pair of Conference USA foes, starting with East Carolina, Feb. 5, then Louisiana Tech, Feb. 8. For all the latest information about Thundering Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.