March 10, 2014
GAME 30: MARSHALL (10-19, 3-13 C-USA) vs. FLORIDA ATLANTIC (16-13, 6-10 C-USA)
CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP - FIRST ROUND
Tuesday, March 11 | 1 p.m. ET
El Paso, Texas | Memorial Gym (5,200)
Live Stats | Live Video | Twitter | Game Notes
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Less than two weeks after meeting in Huntington, Marshall (10-19, 3-13) will face Florida Atlantic (16-13, 6-10) in the first round of the Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship, Tuesday, in El Paso, Texas. Tip is set for 1 p.m. ET in Memorial Gym.
Live stats and live video, as well as the postgame press conference, will be available through Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship Central at ConferenceUSA.com, and live updates will be available through @HerdWBB on Twitter.
HAVE YOU HERD?
In a stirring comeback in the regular-season finale and last Henderson Center appearance for Orlandria Williams (Memphis, Tenn.) and fellow seniors Erica Woods (St. George, Bermuda) and Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.), Marshall rallied from a 13-point deficit with 15:45 to play, March 5, and downed UTSA in overtime, 81-76. Marshall had four scorers in double figures, including junior post player Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.), who had her second double-double of the season with 14 rebounds and 12 points. She also had a Herd season-high six blocks - matching the individual high in a C-USA game this season -- and made her last six free throws when they counted most.
It was Marshall's first overtime win since Dec. 2, 2010, a 64-61 double-OT triumph over George Washington at the Henderson Center. It also was only the Herd's second win this season after trailing at halftime in 14 games. The other was a 71-56 home win over Wofford on Dec. 19, after trailing 25-23.
LOOKING FOR GLORY ON GLORY ROAD
All-time, the Herd is 3-5 in the first round of the C-USA Championship. Marshall is in the hunt for its first postseason victory since defeating UTEP in overtime, 72-70, in the second round of the 2009 C-USA Championship.
NOT IN THEIR HOUSE
Freshman Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) and junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) are making an impact in the paint for the Thundering Herd with a combined 88 blocks this season. The two rank, respectively, at fourth (48) and fifth (40) all-time in the Marshall record book for season blocks. Most recently, Ezeigbo had six swats versus UTSA, March 5, tying the Conference USA season-high for an individual performance. In the same game, Romero tied her career high of four blocks. She leads the team with 1.7 blocks per game, good for fifth place in Conference USA, 73rd in the nation. Ezeigbo is close behind at seventh in the league, 78th in the nation at 1.6 per game.
CHANGING IT UP
Coach Matt Daniel has started 14 different combinations over 29 games, and eight of the Herd's 10 wins have come with different starting lineups. No Herd lineup has started more than six times, and no player has started all 29 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 11.6 points per game, with Dickens close behind at 9.3. Four different players have led the team in rebounding, with Dickens currently topping the charts at 7.1 boards per game.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
Florida Atlantic hit its stride going into the postseason, winning its final three regular-season games by a combined 57 points. Most recently, the Owls made a Conference USA record 20 3-pointers and committed just two turnovers in its 98-62 rout of UTEP on Senior Night, March 5 at FAU Arena. The two turnovers ranks as the second fewest in a game in conference history while FAU's 47 3-point attempts set the record for the most in a conference game. The Owls' 20 3-pointers is the second most in a game in the NCAA this season. Kimberly Smith set a new Conference USA record of her own, making six 3-pointers to break the C-USA record for most treys in league play with her 58th of the year.
The Owls took the first-ever meeting between the teams, 87-68, when it visited Huntington, Feb. 26.
The winner of Tuesday's game will move on to face UAB in the second round, Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. For all the latest information about Marshall women's basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.