Herd Looks to Halt Efficient Memphis Offense


Lateidra Elliott and company take on Memphis this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET

Lateidra Elliott and company take on Memphis this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET

Feb. 15, 2012

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Following a five-day road trip that ended with losses in UTEP and ECU, Marshall women’s basketball looks to rebound with a home contest against Memphis in the Cam Henderson Center on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Marshall (13-11, 4-7 C-USA) returns home after taking a 64-56 defeat last Thursday to the top-ranked team in Conference USA, UTEP, as well as a loss to East Carolina on Sunday, 61-57. Alaya Mitchell led Marshall in both games, scoring 10 points against UTEP and 15 against ECU.

Lateidra Elliott currently leads the Herd off the bench with 6.9 points per game and a team high 53 assists. Erica Woods follows with 6.8 points per contest and has 148 rebounds for the year, giving the sophomore forward 6.4 boards per game. Woods is also shooting over 45.0 percent from the field for the season.

Thursday’s game will be the second meeting between Marshall and Memphis for the season. The two programs met earlier this season on January 26 in Memphis, Tenn. The Tigers topped the Herd 71-58 thanks in part to a 21 point, 15 rebound effort from Memphis’ Jasmine Lee.

Memphis (19-5, 9-2 C-USA) has since then gone on to win four of the last five league games since the Marshall game. The Tigers sit second in the conference, trailing only to UTEP (22-2, 11-0 C-USA). Memphis boasts the No. 38 nationally ranked offense (71.0 points per game), but also holds a top-20 spot nationally in steals with 12.0 per game.

Brittany Carter, Jasmine Lee and Nicole Dickson each average double-digit points for the Tigers this season. Carter is scoring 15.0 points per contest and is second on the team in steals with 50. Lee marks 14.6 points per game and is the team-leader in rebounds with 9.8 per game. Dickson follows Lee’s effort on the boards with 8.5 rebounds per game and is third in the league in made three-pointers with 43.

Be sure to follow the game on 88.1 WMUL-FM or online at www.marshall.edu/wmul. The contest will also be available through Live Stats and Live Video, via www.herdzone.com.