Marshall to Host Exhibition Matchup with Kentucky Christian
Women's basketball faces first opponent in preseason play
Nov. 3, 2013
EXHIBITION: KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN at MARSHALL
Monday, Nov. 4 | 7 p.m. ET
Huntington, W.Va. | Cam Henderson Center
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women's basketball will hit the hardwood at Cam Henderson Center for an exhibition contest with Kentucky Christian, Monday, at 7 p.m.
Live updates will be available through @HerdWBB on Twitter.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall's 2013-14 roster features the most newcomers (10) in Conference USA, including five freshmen, three junior college transfers and two NCAA Division I transfers.
NEW COURT, NEW ERA
A new $156,500 hardwood floor was installed at Cam Henderson Center in late September, replacing the old floor which had been in place for the past 15 years. The new floor comes from Robbins Sports Surfaces in Cincinnati, the same firm that has built and designed floors for Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Michigan and numerous NBA teams, including the Heat, Knicks, Cavaliers and Spurs.
Marshall is one of seven Conference USA schools which will play on a new surface this season. The others are UAB, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion and UTEP.
PAUL JOINS 2013-14 COACHING STAFF
First-year assistant coach Devrinn Paul joins coach Matt Daniel's staff for the 2013-14 season. Paul comes to Marshall from Louisville, Ky., where he served as the video coordinator for the University of Louisville women's basketball program for three years. Prior to being named video coordinator, he was a graduate assistant for the Cardinal women's basketball team for two years and graduated with his master's (higher education in human resources) in 2010.
At Louisville, Paul was part of the first Cardinal women's basketball program to make it to the NCAA Final Four (2009). During his time at Louisville, the Cards made four NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the national championship game twice. Last season, Louisville advanced to the NCAA final, losing to Connecticut. Along the way to the title game, the No. 5 seed Cards defeated the No. 1 seed Baylor, and in doing so were nominated for "Best Upset" at the 2013 ESPYs.
FIVE RETURNING STARTERS
The Herd returns five starters for the 2013-14 season: sophomore Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.), junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.), seniors Orlandria Williams (Memphis, Tenn.) and Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) and redshirt senior Erica Woods (St. George, Bermuda). The five combined for 65 percent of the team's scoring and 61 percent of the team's rebounding last season. Ezeigbo returns as the team's leading rebounder (192) from 2012-13.
This season Marshall plays:
- Four 2013 NCAA Tournament participants: West Virginia, Navy, Tulsa and Middle Tennessee
- Four 2013 conference tournament champions: WVU Tech, NJIT, Tulsa and Middle Tennessee
- Seven 2013 WNIT participants: Indiana State, Tulane, UAB, Old Dominion, East Carolina, Charlotte and FIU
- Bluefield College, Wofford, Delaware State, NJIT, North Texas, Louisiana Tech, Charlotte, Middle Tennessee, Florida Atlantic and UTSA for the first time
- West Virginia for the 40th consecutive season. The upcoming 53rd meeting marks the most played series for the Herd, and the Mountaineers lead the all-time series, 36-16.
SCOUTING THE LADY KNIGHTS
So far in the 2013-14 season, Kentucky Christian is 1-1 in preseason play after defeating Southern State Community College, 86-29 (Oct. 26), and losing to Morehead State, 95-73 (Nov. 1). The Lady Knights took on Central Christian College of the Bible for their first regular season matchup and won handily, 83-41 (Nov. 2).
The Lady Knights finished the 2012-13 season at 17-16 after losing to Manhattan Christian College in the second round of the NCCAA DII National Tournament. The team returns seven on its 12-player roster, including four seniors. Four freshmen join the squad, as well as one sophomore transfer.
Monday's game marks the first-ever meeting between Marshall and Kentucky Christian.
Marshall opens the regular season by playing host to Bluefield College at 11:30 a.m., Friday, at Cam Henderson Center.