Marshall Set for First Road Test of 2013-14
Women's basketball to travel to Robert Morris, Tuesday
Nov. 11, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Following its 63-41 season-opening win over Bluefield College, Marshall women’s basketball (1-0, 0-0 C-USA) will hit the road to take on Robert Morris (0-1, 0-0 NEC) in Moon Township, Pa., Tuesday.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Junior Leah Scott (Detroit, Mich.) scored a game-high 19 points to help lift the Thundering Herd to a 63-41 win over Bluefield College, Friday. Junior center Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) had a career-high 14 rebounds for the Herd, and senior Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) scored seven of her 10 points in the second half. She also had eight rebounds. Freshman guard McKenzie Akers (Princeton, W.Va.) made a trio of threes for nine points in her Marshall debut.
Five new members of the Herd made their debuts in Friday’s home opener versus Bluefield College and combined for 37 of Marshall’s 63 points. Newcomer Leah Scott (Detroit, Mich.) led all scorers with 19 points.
Additionally, 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.
After Week 1, the Herd ranks first in Conference USA for its scoring defense and field goal percentage defense, allowing 41 points (.264) versus Bluefield College in its home opener. Marshall is also atop the C-USA rankings for its 3-point defense, after holding the Rams to a 2-10 performance from 3-point range. The Herd also totaled 51 rebounds in its first win, making it the third-best rebounding offense in the conference.
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 COLONIALS
After finishing the 2012-13 season at 7-22, the Colonials were selected first in the 2013 NEC Preseason Poll with four returning starters. Senior forward and reigning NEC Player of the Year Artemis Spanou has recorded 25 consecutive double-doubles and is the all-time leader at RMU with 59. Spanou led the nation in rebounding at 15.6 per game IN 2012-13, and she is the first RMU player to record 400 rebounds in a season. Sophomore Ashley Ravelli was the 2013 NEC Rookie of the Year in 2013.
Friday, Robert Morris (0-1, 0-0 NEC) dropped its home opener, 65-63, against Hofstra.
The Herd leads the all-time series versus Robert Morris, 9-2, and is 3-1 when playing in Moon Township, Pa. The teams last met at the start of the 2006-07 season, when Marshal defeated the Colonials, 74-62.
Marshall returns to Huntington for a six-game home stand, which begins Monday, Nov. 18, with a 7 p.m. matchup with Morehead State.