March 11, 2013
2013 WBB Tournament Bracket
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Finishing the regular season with a 9-20 (3-13 C-USA) record, Marshall women's basketball enters the Conference USA tournament as the No. 12 seed and will face off against the No. 5 seed and defending C-USA champions, UTEP, on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET in the Tulsa Convention Center.
The Thundering Herd ended the regular season with a road loss to Memphis, 63-53, this past Thursday. Norrisha Victrum was the leading scorer, totaling 12 points, while Leandra King followed with 10 points. Chukwuka Ezeigbo and Suporia Dickens led on the boards, grabbing 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively. The loss put the Herd ranked last in C-USA standings and the No. 12 seed marked the first time Marshall has entered the Conference USA championships as the last-placed seed.
The Last Meeting
February 14, 2013
Women's Basketball Stumps UTEP, 59-47
Marshall women's basketball upset the second-ranked team in Conference USA, UTEP, on Thursday evening, defeating the Miners 59-47 in the Cam Henderson Center.
"It's not what you hope for, but I knew what we were up against whenever we started the year," remarked head coach Matt Daniel
on the seeding. "It's a tough road ahead, but if you're going to win a conference tournament, you have to beat everybody anyways - so it doesn't really matter."
Marshall is led by Shay Weaver, who holds an average of 9.2 points per game. The sophomore guard needs two more three-pointers to beat Kizzy Hart's single-season record for three-pointers (68) set in 2010. She is ranks third in the league for three-pointers made per game with 2.3.
Junior forward, Suporia Dickens, follows with an average of 8.3 points per game and an average of 5.9 rebounds per game. Chukwuka Ezeigbo is the leader on the boards, averaging 6.3 rebounds per game, and ranks third in the conference in shooting percentage with a 50.8 percentage from the field.
UTEP finished the regular season with a 20-9 (8-8 C-USA) record after winning its final regular season game against Tulane on Friday, 71-52. The Miners have the second best scoring margin in the conference with a plus-8.0 mark, averaging 66.2 points per game and only allowing 58.2 points per contest.
Senior center Anete Steinberga was recently named to the All-C-USA first team, while junior forward Kayla Thornton was named to All-C-USA second team and All-Defensive team. Thornton and Steinberga each lead the team with 15.3 points per game, ranking No. 7 in the league for scoring. Kelli Willingham follows with 9.3 points per game and Chrishauna Parker averages 9.2. Parker leads the team in rebounds with 8.9 per game, ranking third in the league.
"UTEP are the defending conference champions and a NCAA tournament team," Daniel said. "They are certainly a tough team. We had some success against them early on, but they are probably playing some of their better basketball right now. You're going to have to beat everybody. Knowing that we have already faced UTEP and had some success, hopefully that will give our kids confidence during the game."
Marshall upset UTEP earlier in the season, defeating the No. 2 ranked team in C-USA at the time, 59-47. Four Marshall players ended up scoring double digits including Suporia Dickens (15), Shay Weaver (13), Erica Woods (12), and Veronica Ruiz (10). Marshall has won the past four-of-five meetings against the Miners, though UTEP has a 5-4 advantage in the all-time series.