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Marshall Ready for First Meeting at Middle Tennessee

Junior AJ Johnson

Feb. 18, 2014

GAME 25: MARSHALL (9-15, 2-9 C-USA) vs. MIDDLE TENNESSEE (21-4, 10-1 C-USA)
Wednesday, Feb. 19 | 8 p.m. ET
Murfreesboro, Tenn. | Murphy Center (11,520)
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Looking to build on its second league win, Marshall women’s basketball (9-15, 2-9) will face Conference USA leader Middle Tennessee (21-4, 10-1) on the road at Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Wednesday, at 8 p.m. ET.

Live stats and live video will be available through the women’s basketball schedule page at, and live updates will be available through @HerdWBB on Twitter.

Junior Leah Scott (Detroit) produced a career-high 22 points to help lift the Thundering Herd over Charlotte, 71-69, Feb. 15, on Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Cam Henderson Center. Marshall gained its second Conference USA win, as well as its second consecutive win at home, improving to 9-15, 2-9.

Despite being outrebounded, 43-35, Marshall had the offensive advantage in the paint, 38-28. The 49ers ended with 20 turnovers, off which the Herd converted 20 points. Marshall ended with 10 turnovers, with Charlotte only producing five points.

The Herd’s stat of the day came from the charity stripe, as Marshall had a season-best performance of 16-of-19 from the line for 84.2 percent. Scott went 7-of-8 from the foul line and 1-1 from long range, in addition to her 7-of-12 performance from the field, producing her career high of 22 points. She also added four assists, two steals and a career-best two blocks.

This season, three Herd players have cracked the Top 10 in respective categories in the Marshall record book. Junior AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) has drained 44 3-pointers this season, tying for sixth place all-time with Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (2004-05). Freshman forward Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) has blocked 36 shots, tying junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (2012-13), Amy Reed (2002-03) and Tynikki Crook (2010-11) for eighth place all-time. After tying her season-best performance of four swats at Southern Miss (Feb. 12), Ezeigbo totaled 70 career blocks, making her way into the Top 10 at seventh place.

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.

Coach Matt Daniel has started 11 different combinations over 24 games, and seven of the Herd’s nine wins have come with different starting lineups. No Herd lineup has started more than six times, and no player has started all 24 games. However, Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) has started all but five contests. Eleven of Marshall’s 12 active players have made at least one start this season.

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 12.3 points per game, with Dickens close behind at 9.1. Four different players have led the team in rebounding, with Dickens currently topping the charts at 7.0 boards per game.

As of Feb. 18, 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.

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.

Middle Tennessee (21-4, 10-1) sits atop Conference USA with only one league loss, at Southern Miss (Feb. 5), an outing that snapped a 17-game win streak for the Blue Raiders. The team boasts the conference’s most efficient scoring defense, allowing 56.0 points per game. All-America candidate and reigning C-USA Player of the Week Ebony Rowe ranks in the NCAA’s Top 25 in four categories: double-doubles (second, 21), rebounds (ninth, 11.8), points (14th, 541) and points per game (18th, 21.8). At home, Middle Tennessee is 73-3 against conference opponents under Rick Insell. Overall, MT holds a 110-14 record inside the Murphy Center during the past nine seasons.

Wednesday’s contest is the first meeting between Marshall and Middle Tennessee.

The Thundering Herd will make a trip to Miami to face FIU, Saturday, at 6 p.m. ET. For all the latest information about Thundering Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.