Herd Women and Bobcats to Collide on Saturday with MAC First Round Hosting Rights on the Line
LISTEN LIVE: Ohio at Marshall, 1 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Ė With a win over Ohio on Saturday, the Marshall womenís basketball team can clinch its first ever home game in the Mid-American Conference Tournamentís first round. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. from the Cam Henderson Center.
Currently holding the No. 8 seed, Marshall (14-11, 6-8 MAC) controls its own destiny for that crucial tournament contest, which may allow the winner to host the loser on March 6 (pending West Division finish). The Bobcats (12-13, 6-8 MAC) are in the No. 9 position, but, with a win, would control the tiebreaker with the Herd for the host spot due to its win over Eastern Michigan, the West Divisionís top team, who defeated MU on Feb. 7.
Marshall defeated Ohio 86-63 on Jan. 10 at Ohioís Convocation Center and will go for its first season series sweep of the Bobcats. Ohio, though, has won 12 of the past 14 meetings with Marshall. The Herdís win over OU earlier in the season was the last time they won back-to-back games, having upended Kent State in their prior game.
Ohio could be considered to be one of the hottest teams in the MAC after winning two straight over the West Divisionís top-2 teams, Western Michigan and EMU. The Bobcats have won five of their last seven games after suffering through a horrendous start in MAC play this season. OU went 1-6 prior to the aforementioned seven-game stretch that got it back into the race for a first round home contest.
OU senior Latreece Bagley is the conference leader in field goal percentage (59.2 percent) and paces the Bobcats with 11.6 points per game.
Marshall sophomore Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (Houston, Texas) has turned up the scoring and shooting production over the Herdís last four games. The dazzling guard has averaged 17.0 points while shooting 53.8 percent from the floor, up from her overall average of 10.7 points per game (35.7 percent).
Saturdayís critical game will be broadcast live on 88.1 WMUL-FM and on the internet at www.marshall.edu/wmul.