Women's Basketball to Face FIU, Saturday
Herd to complete final two-game road trip in Miami
Feb. 21, 2014
GAME 26: MARSHALL (9-16, 2-10 C-USA) vs. FIU (11-14, 5-7 C-USA)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women's basketball (9-16, 2-10 C-USA) will travel to Miami, Saturday, to take on Conference USA newcomer FIU (11-14, 5-7 C-USA) at 6 p.m. at U.S. Century Bank Arena.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Despite all 12 of its active roster players reaching the scoreboard, it was a tough evening for the Thundering Herd, as it suffered its most lopsided loss this season at Middle Tennessee, 75-36, in front of a raucous crowd of 3,032 at Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. No Marshall player found double digits, as McKenzie Akers (Princeton, W.Va.) led the team from the field with seven points (2-of-6 field goals). The last time the Herd scored 40 or fewer points was two years ago to the day, when Marshall defeated UAB, 40-37 (Feb. 19, 2012). On a more positive note, Romero recorded two blocks, giving her 38 for the season and tying Leandra King (2011-12) for seventh place in the Marshall record book. She needs two to tie King's fourth-place record (2012-13).
TOP 10 TRIO
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 45 3-pointers this season, good for sixth place all-time. Freshman forward Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) has blocked 38 shots this season, placing her at seventh 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.
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.
CHANGING IT UP
Coach Matt Daniel has started 11 different combinations over 25 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 25 games. However, Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) has started all but six contests. Eleven 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 9.0. Four different players have led the team in rebounding, with Dickens currently topping the charts at 6.8 boards per game.
As of Feb. 19, Conference USA leads the nation with the most overtime periods played with 18 for the 2013-14 season. Of the 16 teams in the league, 15 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.
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 GOLDEN PANTHERS
FIU heads into the matchup with a record of 11-14 overall and 5-7 in Conference USA games. Last time out, the Panthers dropped a 106-96 decision against Southern Miss despite leading by nine at the half. FIU was led in scoring by senior Jerica Coley who dropped another 47-point performance, which was record for most points in a C-USA game. She also added five rebounds, five assists and four steals. In addition, the 5-foot-8 point guard shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the field, 50.0 percent (3-of-6) from behind the arch and 80.0 percent (16-of-20) from the free-throw line. This marks the third time this season she has netted 40-plus points and the 12th time she has scored 30-plus. As a team, FIU ranks first in the league in free-throw percentage, hitting 390 of its 511 attempts, for a .763 percentage.
Saturday's contest is the second meeting between the teams, with FIU taking the series' only game, 61-58, at the UCF Christmas Classic, Dec. 18, 2004.
The Thundering Herd will return home to host Florida Atlantic, Wednesday, at 7 p.m. For all the latest information about Marshall women's basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.