Oct. 31, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-Marshall women’s basketball opens the 2010-11 campaign with its lone exhibition contest against West Virginia Wesleyan on Monday Nov. 1 in the Cam Henderson Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Thundering Herd returns six letterwinners from last season’s squad that posted a 14-16 record. The young roster features one senior, three juniors, five sophomores and four freshmen.
MU is led by preseason All-Conference USA selection Tynikki Crook, whose 13.4 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game and 40 blocks were among the C-USA leaders last season.
A healthy Veronica Ruiz and an experienced Adrian Randall return to the frontcourt and are expected to play vital roles during their sophomore seasons. Juniors Alaya Mitchell and Rashedah Henriques are welcomed back at the guard positions after seeing considerable time last season.
West Virginia Wesleyan won 15 of its last 18 games to finish the 2009-10 season at 19-9 and earn the program its first regular season West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship last year. The Bobcats lose just one starter, Angela Tassari, from its monumental season.
Wesleyan’s Lydia Bridenbaugh has led the Bobcats in scoring in each of the past two seasons and returns for her junior season after earning first team All-WVIAC honors a year ago.
“They [West Virginia Wesleyan] really fall in this year with the theme for our non-conference season. Everybody we play seems like they have everybody back, all from teams that have won 19 or 20 basketball games,” head coach Royce Chadwick said. “This will be the first look at a team that is very well coached, with a lot of veteran basketball players and we have to go out there and rise to the occasion.”
Marshall takes an 11-day break to prepare for its season-opener against Appalachian State at the Longwood Classic in Farmville, Va., on Nov. 12. The Herd concludes the tournament the following day against host Longwood. Both contests are slated to tipoff at 5 p.m.