Herd to Host First Meeting with Florida Atlantic
Women's basketball to face Conference USA newcomer, Wednesday
Feb. 25, 2014
GAME 27: FLORIDA ATLANTIC (13-13, 3-10 C-USA) vs. MARSHALL (9-17, 2-11 C-USA)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – With the regular season winding down, the Thundering Herd (9-17, 2-11 C-USA) will play host in a first meeting with Conference USA newcomer Florida Atlantic (13-13, 3-10 C-USA), Wednesday, at 7 p.m. 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 three double-digit performances from Marshall players, senior Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) and freshman Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) led the way with 16 points apiece, followed by Leah Scott’s (Detroit) 13 for the Thundering Herd in a 77-66 losing decision at FIU, Feb. 22, at FIU Arena in Miami. Dickens ended with 16 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, the fourth of her career. All three of Dickens’ double-doubles have been in Conference USA play (Tulane, Jan. 9 and Tusla, Jan. 25). She went 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 from behind the arc, tying Marshall’s ninth-best single-game 3-pointer performance at 66.7 percent. Romero tied her career high of 16 points, going 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Scott followed with her 17th double-digit performance of the season at 13 points, going 5-of-12.
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. With one swat at FIU, Feb. 22, junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) totaled 71 career blocks, tying Tammy Sims (1986-87) for sixth place all-time.
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 26 games. However, Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) and Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) 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 12.0 points per game, with Dickens close behind at 9.3. Five different players have led the team in rebounding, with Dickens currently topping the charts at 7.0 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 OWLS
Florida Atlantic enters Wednesday’s matchup in the midst of a four-game slump, most recently falling to Southern Miss, 78-70 (Feb. 22). The Owls lead Conference USA with a turnover margin of 9.38, ranked third in the nation. FAU also commits only 13.0 turnovers per game, tied for first in the league. Kimberly Smith tops the team with 13.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, and leads C-USA with 2.88 3-pointers per game.
Wednesday’s contest is the first meeting between Marshall and FAU.
Marshall will make its final regular-season road trip to Charlotte, N.C. to take on the 49ers, Saturday, at 7 p.m. For all the latest information about Thundering Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.