Marshall Women Look to Bounce Back at UTEP





Feb. 18, 2006

Marshall at UTEP Game Notes
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EL PASO, Texas - In its final road game of the 2005-06 season, the Marshall women's basketball team will try to rebound from a tough loss on Friday when it faces the UTEP Miners on Sunday at the Don Haskins Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. EST.

The Thundering Herd scored only 40 points at Tulane on Friday night in New Orleans, snapping a three-game win streak. The Green Wave topped Marshall by 18 points as the Herd shot 32.7 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 23 times.

Senior Sikeetha Shepard-Hall scored a season-low four points at Tulane, but reached the 1,500-point plateau for her career. She is the third all-time leading scorer in Marshall history and, with two more 3-point field goal attempts, she will tie Toni Patillo (1997-01) for the school record in that category (423).

MU center Modupe Ishola is on a career-best scoring surge, reaching double-digits in points in six straight games. She's posted double-doubles in three of the past four games, including an 11-point, 12-rebound effort against the Green Wave. Ishola's block at Tulane on Friday moved her into a fourth place tie with Tammy Simms (1986-87) on the Marshall career blocked shots list with 71.

Sunday's game will mark the first meeting between the Miners and Herd.

UTEP, like Marshall, is coming off a frustrating loss after blowing a six-point lead with 19 seconds left against East Carolina on Friday. The Miners lost in overtime, 77-72, thanks to ECU freshman guard Jasmine Young's three 3-pointers in the final stages of regulation - one of which tied the game as time expired.

Whitney Thornton scored 20 points to lead UTEP against the Pirates, going 8-of-18 from the floor with nine rebounds. Three other Miners reached double-digits, including Ana Valtierra (12), Ingrid Goslin (11) and Izabela Piekarska (11).

UTEP is led by sophomore Kasia Krezel's 12.8 points per game. She netted only five points, though, in the Miners' loss to ECU. Piekarska pulls down a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game, while Valtierra dishes out 3.8 assists per contest. UTEP shoots 40.5 percent from the floor, scoring 66.6 points per game. The Miners' hold their opponents to 36.8 percent shooting and allow only 62.4 points per game. UTEP is strong on the glass, grabbing a +2.6 rebounding margin with 39.9 rebounds per game - the same number of boards the Herd pulls down.

The Marshall-UTEP game can be heard live on Marshall's student station, WMUL 88.1-FM, which will also utilize a web broadcast at www.marshall.edu/wmul.