Marshall to Face Bluefield College in Home Opener
Women's basketball to host Rams in 11:30 a.m. contest, Friday
Nov. 7, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – To open the 2013-14 regular season, Marshall women’s basketball will host the Bluefield College Rams for an 11:30 a.m. matchup at Cam Henderson Center, Friday.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Thundering Herd defeated Kentucky Christian, 78-29, in scrimmage play, Monday. Junior Leah Scott (Detroit, Mich.) made her first appearance in a Herd uniform, putting up 23 points and grabbing five rebounds. Senior Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) was one point away a double-double, pulling down 15 rebounds and scoring nine points. The Herd’s 78 points were the most scored since last year’s exhibition win versus Concord, 84-71 (Nov. 1, 2012).
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Since Cam Henderson Center opened in 1981, Marshall is 22-10 all-time in home openers, with an overall home record of 252-171 (.596 winning percentage). The Herd has not lost a home opener since the 2010-11 season, when Marshall fell to USC Upstate, 79-73 (Nov. 17, 2010).
TEN FRESH FACES
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.
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.
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.
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 RAMS
Bluefield College opened its regular season at 1-1, dropping its home opener to Virginia Intermont College (89-83) and winning versus WVU Tech (75-48). Senior guard Teqa McNeal tallied a team high 23 points and eclipsed the 1,000 point mark in the loss versus VIC.
Friday’s game marks the first-ever meeting between Marshall and Bluefield College.
Marshall gears up for its first road contest, traveling to Coraopolis, Pa., to face the Robert Morris Colonials at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12.