Marshall to Complete Road Slate at Charlotte, Saturday
Herd looking to sweep series with 49ers
Feb. 28, 2014
GAME 28: MARSHALL (9-18, 2-12 C-USA) at CHARLOTTE (13-13, 7-6 C-USA)
Herd Hangs On to Defeat Charlotte, 71-69
Junior Leah Scott (Detroit) produced a career-high 22 points to help lift the Thundering Herd over Charlotte, 71-69, Saturday, on Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Cam Henderson Center.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Looking to sweep this season’s Conference USA home-and-away series, Marshall women’s basketball (9-18, 2-12 C-USA) will travel to Charlotte, N.C., to face the 49ers (13-13, 7-6 C-USA), Saturday, at 7 p.m. at Halton Arena.
HAVE YOU HERD?
In spite of a great shooting performance by the Thundering Herd, 22 turnovers were a hindrance in an 87-68 loss to Florida Atlantic, Wednesday evening at Cam Henderson Center. The Herd out-shot the Owls, 48.2 percent (27-of-56) to 44.6 percent (29-of-65) from the field and 41.2 percent (7-of-17) to 27.8 percent (10-of-36) from long range. It marked Marshall’s third-best shooting performance this season. The dagger came from the turnover stat, with FAU converting a whopping 27 points off 22 Herd turnovers. Marshall scored nine points off 12 Owl errors.
The Herd was led by a pair of 16-point performances by Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) and Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.). Victrum had a career game, going 4-of-5 from the 3-point line, and Ezeigbo put up 14 of her 16 in the second half. Freshman Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) matched her career high of four blocks, moving into fourth place all-time in the Marshall record book with 42 total swats this season.
NOT IN HER HOUSE
Freshman Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) is making an impact in the paint for the Thundering Herd with 42 blocks this season, placing her at No. 4 all-time in the Marshall record book. Most recently, she tied her career high of four swats against Florida Atlantic, Feb. 26. She leads the team with 1.6 blocks per game, good for fifth place in Conference USA, 83rd in the nation.
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 12 different combinations over 27 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 27 games. However, Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) and Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) have started all but seven 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 11.7 points per game, with Dickens close behind at 9.2. Four 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 49ers
Since the teams’ last meeting, Feb. 15, the 49ers have gone 2-1 in conference play, defeating Florida Atlantic (Feb. 19) and FIU (Feb. 26) at home, and falling at Middle Tennessee (Feb. 22). Four 49ers are averaging double digits, with Gabby Tyler leading the pack at 12.0 points per contest. She also tops the team with 7.4 rebounds per game.
Marshall edged out Charlotte in the teams’ last meeting in Huntington two weeks ago, by a slim 71-69 margin. Saturday’s game is the third meeting between the teams, with the series tied at 1-1, and it will be the first time the teams face off in Charlotte.
To close out the regular season, the Thundering Herd will host UTSA on Senior Night, March 5, at 7 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.