Women's Basketball to #Play4Kay, Saturday


Coach Matt Daniel

Coach Matt Daniel

Feb. 14, 2014

GAME 24: CHARLOTTE (11-11, 5-4 C-USA) vs. MARSHALL (8-15, 1-9 C-USA)
Saturday, Feb. 15 | 1 p.m. ET
Huntington, W.Va. | Cam Henderson Center (9,043)
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Continuing a February tradition, Marshall women’s basketball (8-15, 1-9 C-USA) will wear pink in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund when it hosts Charlotte (11-11, 5-4 C-USA), Saturday, at 1 p.m. ET 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?
With help from four double-digit performances by Thundering Herd players, Marshall came close to upsetting host Southern Miss, Wednesday night, but was unsuccessful as it fell, 80-73, on Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Reed Green Coliseum. The Herd’s 73 points is the most scored against a Conference USA opponent since putting up 85 in a one-point victory over UAB, Jan. 30, 2010. For the first time this season, Marshall lost when reaching the 70-point mark (previously 4-0).

Junior Leah Scott (Detroit) led the way with 16 points on 6-of-9 from the field, and contributed a career-high six assists. Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) followed with 14, and Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) and Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) each had 12. Ezeigbo matched her season high of four blocks, a stat which put her in sole possession of seventh place in the Marshall record book with 70 career swats. She has 33 this season, 11th place all-time.

#PLAY4KAY
The 2014 Play 4Kay initiative is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2.8 million to support women's cancer research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the official charity of the initiative.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Saturday’s game in support of breast cancer awareness, and will receive admission for $3 for doing so.

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 43. Currently ranked seventh, she needs one to tie Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (2004-05) for sixth place in the Herd record book. Johnson also ranks 16th all-time for threes attempted in a season at 118. She needs three to catch Sikeetha Shepard-Hall, who attempted 121 in both the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.

BLOCKS IN THE BOOKS
Tying her season-high mark of four blocks at Southern Miss, Wednesday, junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) gained sole possession of seventh place all-time in the Marshall record book for career blocked shots with 70. She needs one 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.

FREE BASKETBALL
As of Feb. 14, 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.

CHANGING IT UP
Daniel has started 10 different combinations over 23 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 23 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 11.9 points per game, with Dickens close behind at 9.3. Four different players have led the team in rebounding, with Dickens currently topping the charts at 7.2 boards per game.

CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets for the 2014 Conference USA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship are on sale. Each booklet is only $180 and includes a ticket to every men’s session from March 11-15 in El Paso, Texas located on the UTEP campus. A purchase of a men’s booklet also allows fans to attend women’s games at the Don Haskins Center and Memorial Gym. All women’s basketball seats are general admission. Fans can purchase booklets in one of three ways: online, in person or by phone of your favorite team.

SCOUTING THE 49ERS
Charlotte (11-11, 5-4 C-USA) will undergo a quick turn-around when it visits Cam Henderson Center, Saturday, coming off an 85-61 win at Louisiana Tech, Thursday. The 49ers are led by Gabby Tyler and Ny Hammonds, who produce a team-high 12.0 points each per game. Kira Gordon and Hillary Sigmon also contribute double-figures, at 11.3 and 10.4, respectively. Charlotte’s scoring offense puts up 6.93 points per game, good for sixth place in the conference, with a .409 field-goal percentage.

Saturday’s game is the second meeting between Marshall and Charlotte, with the 49ers taking the only game in the series. The teams haven’t met in more than 23 years, since a one-point decision in Huntington, Dec. 8, 1990, when Charlotte came away with a 64-63 victory.

UP NEXT
Marshall is back on the road for a first-time meeting with Middle Tennessee, Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. ET. For all the latest information about Thundering Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.

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