Herd to Visit Southern Miss for Midweek Matchup
Women's basketball looking for first C-USA road win since 2012
Feb. 11, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Fresh off its first league victory, Marshall women’s basketball (8-14, 1-8, C-USA) will visit Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (17-5, 6-3 C-USA), Wednesday, at 8 p.m. ET.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Thundering Herd stopped its eight-game losing streak and decisively got its first Conference USA Victory of the season, rolling past Louisiana Tech, 69-55, Feb. 8. Freshman McKenzie Akers (Princeton, W.Va.) posted a career-high 18 points and matched her best performance of four 3-pointers. Junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) notched her first double-double of the season (10 points, 10 rebounds), and Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) grabbed a career-best 15 boards. The two posts combined for six of Marshall’s eight total blocks, the most since swatting eight versus WVU Tech, Dec. 9.
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 Feb. 11, Conference USA leads the nation with the most overtime periods played with 17 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 3-point field goals in a season at Marshall with 41. She needs one 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 113. She needs three to catch Toni Patillo, who shot 116 in the 2000-01 season.
BLOCKS IN THE BOOKS
With three swats against Louisiana Tech, Feb. 8, junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) moved into a tie for seventh place all-time in the Marshall record book for career blocked shots. She is now tied with Amy Reed, who swatted 66 from 1999-03. Ezeigbo needs five more to tie for sixth place with Tammy Sims (1986-87).
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 22 games, and six of the Herd’s eight wins have come with different starting lineups. No Herd lineup has started more than six times, and no player has started all 22 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 11.7 points per game, with Dickens close behind at 9.7. Four different players have led the team in rebounding, with Dickens currently topping the charts at 7.5 boards per game.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
Southern Miss (17-5, 6-3) enters Wednesday’s contest on a four-game winning streak, most recently defeating Charlotte and previously unbeaten Middle Tennessee. The Eagles top Conference USA in field goal percentage (.459), assists per game (18.6), assist-turnover ratio (1.12) and steals per game (11.2). Leading scorer Jamierra Faulkner’s 8.6 assists per game is the most in the nation. She is one of three Eagles to average double digits at 15.9 points per game, followed by Tamara Jones (13.9) and Jerontay Clemons (11.6).
Wednesday’s game marks the 17th meeting between the clubs, with the Eagles leading, 10-6. USM has taken the last three outings, including both last season. Marshall is 1-8 when playing in Hattiesburg, with its lone victory coming Feb. 6, 2011, 57-48.
Marshall will return to Cam Henderson Center to host Charlotte, Saturday, at 1 p.m. For all the latest information about Thundering Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.