MAC First Rd. Matchup Pits Herd Women Against Bulls
MU Poised to Avenge Regular Season Loss to UB with Berth to Cleveland on the Line
LISTEN LIVE: MAC 1st Rd: Buffalo at Marshall, Sat. at 1 p.m.
Senior Catie Knable is five rebounds shy of jumping to No. 2 on the Marshall all-time rebound list which can come in the Herd's first ever home game in the MAC Tournament.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The 2004 Mid-American Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament gets underway on Saturday in a setting unfamiliar with postseason play, the Cam Henderson Center. No. 6 Marshall (16-11, 8-8 MAC) will play host to No. 11 Buffalo (6-20, 4-12 MAC) in the first MAC Women’s Tournament game held at the 23-year-old venue. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.
Marshall seems to be playing some of its best MAC basketball of the season, winning back-to-back games to end the regular season and taking three of its last four contests, all of which were held at the Henderson Center. The Thundering Herd is an even 4-4 at home in the MAC and 4-4 on the road to net a school record eight league wins in one season.
“We’re excited to be at home because of our fans,” Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said. “We didn’t have the fan base a few years ago that we do now. There wasn’t a lot going for us then, but people said ‘Hey, we’re with you.’ So it’s great to be able to give the fans a home playoff game."
Buffalo has only four conference wins on the season, but its first came against the Herd on Jan. 17 at Alumni Arena. Due to a scheduling quirk, Marshall and Buffalo, a pair of MAC East Division foes, played each other only once in the regular season. The Bulls scored a 19-point victory, 79-60.
The two teams will meet for the first time ever in the postseason after both having won their respective first round games last season before losing in the quarterfinals in Cleveland. MU and UB have met 10 times and the lifetime series is deadlocked at five apiece. MU is 3-2 at the Henderson Center versus Buffalo.
Marshall senior Catie Knable (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) is only five rebounds shy of passing Karen Pelphrey for the No. 2 spot on the Herd’s all-time rebound chart. Knable currently has 887 career boards and is the MAC’s leader this season in double-doubles with 10.
Marshall guaranteed itself a first round home game with its win over arch-rival Ohio on Feb. 28. The Herd was locked into the eighth seed in the tournament until they upended Akron on Tuesday and got some help from around the league that night from Northern Illinois and Bowling Green, who defeated Ball State and Toledo, respectively. MU went from the No. 8 seed to the No. 6 seed, the highest a Herd team had ever been placed.
Tickets for the game are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 17 years of age. Those fans 5 and under are admitted free. The game can also be heard live on 88.1 WMUL-FM, Marshall’s student-run radio station, with Vince Payne and Robert Harper with the courtside call. That broadcast is also available on the internet at www.marshall.edu/wmul.