EMU Eagles to Visit Marshall Women for 1 p.m. Tip-Off at Henderson Center
LISTEN LIVE: E. Michigan at Marshall, Sat. at 1 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall will try to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month when the Eastern Michigan Eagles invade the Cam Henderson Center on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tip-off. MU will pay tribute to former head coach Judy Southard before the contest, honoring the program’s all-time wins leader.
The Thundering Herd (12-7, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) is 1-2 in games against MAC West Division foes this season, while Eastern Michigan (13-6, 6-3 MAC) holds a 2-1 edge against clubs from the East Division. The intra-division tilt features teams that are in second place in their respective divisions.
EMU leads the all-time series 5-2, including a 19-point win over Marshall in the first round of the MAC Tournament in 2001-02. The Herd, though, won the last meeting versus the Eagles, on Feb. 8, 2003, in Ypsilanti, Mich.
MU and EMU are two similarly situated teams in the MAC statistical reports. They rank No. 1 and 2 in the league in rebounding margin (MU at +9.9, EMU at +8.7). As of the last NCAA statistical report, the two squads were ranked seventh and eighth in the nation in that category. Also, the teams are positioned in either first or second place in the MAC in scoring margin, rebounding offense, rebounding defense and offensive rebounds.
Marshall’s Catie Knable (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) is the league’s second-leading rebounder with a 9.7 rebounds per game output. The senior needs just 11 points to reach career point No. 800, two weeks after grabbing her 800th career rebound on Jan. 24 at Central Michigan.
Eastern Michigan’s Ryan Coleman leads the Eagles at the guard position. The 5-foot-8 native of Detroit, Mich., is averaging a team-best 14.1 points per game (5th in MAC). In MAC play, the preseason all-MAC West Division selection scores 17 points per game, the third-best total in the league.
Hot as of late for the Herd is freshman guard Teyonka Hodge (Washington, D.C.). In the last three games, Hodge averaged 7.3 points, 6.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds and steals per game. She dished out a career-high nine assists in the Herd’s 70-55 win at Akron on Wednesday.
Catch all of Saturday’s action on 88.1 WMUL-FM or on the internet at www.marshall.edu/wmul.