Marshall to Host Louisiana Tech, Saturday
Herd ready for first meeting with Lady Techsters
Feb. 7, 2014
GAME 22: LOUISIANA TECH (7-14, 2-6 C-USA) vs. MARSHALL (7-14, 0-8 C-USA)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s basketball (7-14, 0-8 C-USA) will host its first meeting with Conference USA newcomer Louisiana Tech (7-14, 2-6 C-USA), Saturday, at 1 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?
For the second consecutive game, junior Aja Sorrells (Athens, Ga.) led Marshall women’s basketball offensively with nine points, despite a 66-52 loss to East Carolina, Wednesday evening at Cam Henderson Center. For the first time since a 68-52 loss to Tulane, Jan. 29, 2012, Marshall had no players in double figures. Senior Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) and freshman Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) followed Sorrells with eight points apiece. Leading-rebounder Dickens paced Marshall on the boards with nine.
As of Feb. 5, Conference USA leads the nation with the most overtime periods played with 16 for the 2013-14 season. Of the 16 teams in the league, 13 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 three swats against East Carolina, Feb. 5, junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) moved into the Top-10 in the Marshall record book for career blocked shots. She is now tied with Keri Simmons, who swatted 63 from 1994-98. Ezeigbo needs two more to move into a tie for eighth place with Lee Ann Parsley (1986-90).
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 10 different combinations over 21 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 11.5 points per game, with Dickens close behind at 9.9. Four different players have led the team in rebounding, with Dickens currently topping the charts at 7.4 boards per game.
SCOUTING THE LADY TECHSTERS
Louisiana Tech (7-14, 2-6 C-USA) enters the contest looking for its first road victory, at 0-10. The Lady Techsters are led offensively by Whitey Frazier’s 15.5 points per game, followed by three more double-digit scorers in Chrisstasia Walter (12.2), JaQuan Jackson (12.0) and Lulu Perry (11.1).
Saturday’s game marks the first meeting between Marshall and Louisiana Tech.
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.