Herd Set for Wednesday Matchup with East Carolina
Marshall to host 20th meeting with Pirates
Feb. 4, 2014
GAME 21: EAST CAROLINA (18-3, 6-2 C-USA) vs. MARSHALL (7-13, 0-7 C-USA)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Coming off a 2,000-mile trip across the country, Marshall women’s basketball (7-13, 0-7 C-USA) will return home, Wednesday, to host the East Carolina Pirates (18-3, 6-2 C-USA) at 7 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center.
Live stats and live video will be available through the women’s basketball schedule page at HerdZone.com. The official live radio broadcast can be found online or through WMUL 88.1 FM, and live updates will be available through @HerdWBB on Twitter.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Despite a career performance by junior Aja Sorrells (Athens, Ga.), the Thundering Herd fell in heartbreaking fashion to the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs in overtime, 65-52, Feb. 1, at Ted Constant Convocation Center. Sorrells was just one rebound away from a double-double with career-highs of 13 points and nine boards. Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) and AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) followed with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
As of Feb. 1, Conference USA leads the nation with the most overtime periods played with 15 for the 2013-14 season. Of the 16 teams in the league, 12 have played an overtime period, including the Thundering Herd. Marshall has seen two extra periods this season, at Rice (Jan. 18) and at Old Dominion (Feb. 1), falling in both games. The last time the Herd won an overtime game was Dec. 2, 2010, when Marshall defeated George Washington, 64-61, after two overtimes.
JOHNSON FOR THREE
Junior AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) has moved into the Top-10 for three-point field goals in a season at Marshall with 41. She needs one more to tie Reshundra Smiley (2005-06) and Cindy McCauley (1996-97) for seventh place in the Herd record book. Johnson also ranks 17th all-time for threes attempted in a season at 112. She needs four to catch Toni Patillo, who shot 116 in the 2000-01 season.
BLOCKS IN THE BOOKS
With two swats at Old Dominion, Feb. 1, junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) moved into a tie for 11th place in the Marshall record book with 60 career blocked shots. She needs one more to tie 10th-place holder Jodi Baker, who blocked 61 from 1991-95.
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.
CHANGING IT UP
Daniel has started nine different combinations over 20 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 20 games. However, Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) has started all but four contests. Ten of Marshall’s 12 active players have made at least one start this season.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
The Herd’s offense has found success across its roster, as eight 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 10.0. Four different players have led the team in rebounding, with Dickens currently topping the charts with 7.4 boards per game.
SCOUTING THE PIRATES
East Carolina (18-3, 6-2 C-USA) is 5-2 on the road this season, losing at FIU (Jan. 11) and Southern Miss (Jan. 25). The team is atop Conference USA in five categories: blocked shots per game (5.2), field-goal percentage defense (.352), rebound margin (+7.9), steals per game (11.2) and three-point field goal defense (.257). The Pirates are led offensively by Jada Payne, who is averaging 20.3 points per contest. Ondrea Shaw pulls down a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game while leading the conference with 3.14 blocks per game.
The Pirates lead the all-time series, 12-7. Last season, Marshall broke a seven-game losing streak against ECU when it defeated the Pirates in Huntington, 72-60 (Feb. 21, 2013). Prior to that game, the Herd had not won versus ECU since Jan. 18, 2009.
The Thundering Herd will split a week, away-and-home, at Southern Miss (Feb. 12) and home versus Charlotte (Feb. 15). For all the latest information about Thundering Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.