Herd Plays Final Home Game against UCF Sunday
Seniors Leandra King and Veronica Ruiz will be honored before the game
March 2, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women's basketball will play its final home game of the season against UCF on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The game will feature Senior Day and honor Veronica Ruiz and Leandra King as women's basketball's graduating class of 2013.
Herd Topped by UCF, 67-52
Marshall women's basketball fell in a nationally televised game to UCF on Thursday evening, 64-52, in the UCF Arena. The game was featured on Fox Sports Network and was the second television appearance of the season for the Thundering Herd.
Marshall (9-18, 3-11 C-USA) is coming off a 68-61 loss to Southern Miss at home on Thursday. For the second game in a row, Suporia Dickens led the team in points, earning 19. Shay Weaver netted five three-pointers for the third time this season, totaling 17 points.
Weaver leads the team off the bench with 9.6 points per game. The sophomore guard is two three-pointers shy of the Marshall all-time record of three-pointers in a season (68), set by Kizzy Hart in 2010.
Chukwuka Ezeigbo leads the team in rebounds with 6.3 per game and has a team-high 35 blocks. Ezeigbo ranks third in C-USA for shooting percentage, totaling a 51.1 percent mark for the season (89-of-174).
The Thundering Herd total a Conference USA-leading 161 made three-pointers this season. The number is the highest made in a season by any Marshall team since the 1996-97 Southern Conference champion team coached by Sarah Evans Moore - the only Marshall women's hoops team to reach an NCAA tournament - made 187.
After losing, 67-52, to the Knights already this season, Marshall will take on a UCF (12-16, 6-8 C-USA) team that recently defeated Houston, 68-55, in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday. The Knights have two players averaging double-digit points. Gevenia Carter ranks as the No. 8 scorer in the league with 14.8 points per game, while Briahanna Jackson places tenth in the league with 14.5 points per game.
Marshall trails 9-8 to the Knights in the all-time series. Before a 69-60 win last season, the Herd had lost to UCF five times in a row.
King is a 6-2 center from New Carrollton, Maryland. She is a two-year letterman for the Thundering Herd after transferring from Santa Fe Community College following the 2010-2011 season. King will go down in Marshall history as one of the most prolific shot blockers to play. In just her two seasons with the Herd, she ranks seventh for career blocked shots. After earning 36 blocked shots last season, she ranks sixth for blocks in a season. King totals over 250 points and 215 rebounds in her career and has played in 54 games for the Herd. This season she was named the Eddie Barrett MVP after the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic against West Virginia and set a new career-high in points against Tennessee Tech after totaling 16. King will be graduating with a major in business management and hopes to play basketball overseas or return home to find a job in animal care after graduation.
Ruiz is a 6-2 forward from Harlem, New York. She is Marshall women's basketball's most experienced athlete, playing for the Thundering Herd for five years after being red-shirted her freshman season. She records over 100 games played in her Marshall career. The four-year letterman totals over 550 points, which is the tenth-most points scored in a career for the past decade. She adds over 400 rebounds during her time with the Herd and totals three double-doubles. She had one of her best games against Southern Illinois this season, earning 17 points and setting a new career-high. Ruiz will be graduating as a business management major and hopes to play professional basketball overseas following graduation.