Streaks Collide When Marshall Women Face Miami on Saturday
LISTEN LIVE: Marshall at Miami (Ohio), Sat. at 2 p.m.
Senior Kim Griffin scored 13 points with eight rebounds and four assists in Marshall's 68-65 loss to Miami on Jan. 5 at the Cam Henderson Center.
Photo by Matt Riley
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- After a successful three-game homestand, Marshall returns to the road riding a seven-game win streak and has perhaps its best chance yet to break the RedHawks’ stranglehold in the series when the Thundering Herd visits Miami (Ohio) in a Mid-American Conference East Division tilt on Saturday from Millett Hall. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.
Marshall (12-7, 6-2 MAC) has dropped 15 straight to Miami, including its league-opening loss to the RedHawks exactly one month ago at the Cam Henderson Center. The Herd lost its next MAC game to start 0-2 in league play, but since then has surged to a school-record and MAC season-high six straight conference wins with a stout +11.3 scoring margin in that span.
Miami (9-10, 3-5 MAC), meanwhile, started its way through league play on the opposite end of the specturm as Marshall, by running out to a 2-0 record before losing five straight. The RedHawks used a 16-point second-half comeback at home versus Central Michigan on Wednesday to end its skid before the first place Herd comes to town.
Saturday’s meeting features the No. 1-ranked Herd scoring offense (71.3 ppg, 74.2 in MAC games) against a RedHawk team that allows their opponents to shoot only 39.3 percent from the field. Marshall is second in the league in field goal percentage (43.0) and has scored at least 71 points during its current win streak. Miami allows 65.4 points per contest and held CMU to only 50 points in its victory over the Chippewas.
Marshall and Miami will meet for the 19th time in a series the RedHawks have dominated. The RedHawks and Western Michigan Broncos are the only league foes that Royce Chadwick has yet to defeat. Marshall blew a nine-point lead with under five minutes remaining in the last meeting with Miami on Jan. 5.
One of two streaks will be broken on Saturday. With Marshall departing the MAC after the season to compete in Conference USA in 2005-06, Saturday’s game may be the Herd’s final chance to end its losing streak to the rival RedHawks while trying to continue its best winning streak in 12 years.
Saturday's game can be heard live on 88.1 WMUL-FM or on the web at www.marshall.edu/wmul.