@HerdWBB Season Gets Started at Morehead State
Marshall plays the Eagles as part of the Mickey Wells Classic
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team will tip off the 2015-16 season at Morehead State Friday Nov. 13 as part of the Mickey Wells Classic.
The matchup will be the season opener for both teams. Marshall and Morehead State have a long history together as this is the 48th time these two schools have gone head to head. The series goes back to the 1969-70 season, with the Herd leading 26-21.
You can follow along on Twitter @HerdWBB with live tweeting during the contest.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Herd brings in a lot of new faces and talent to the 2015-16 team. Marshall returns six to its roster, including top scorer Leah Scott (Detroit) (15.4/game) and Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) top in assists (3.5/game). Also returning is Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) who currently ranks seventh in program history with 84 career blocks, McKenzie Akers (Princeton, W.Va.), Kiana Evans (Huntington, W.Va.) and Enjonae Chambers (Conway, Ark.). Two other faces who were with the Herd this past season but sat out are redshirt junior Talequia Hamilton (Huntington, W.Va.) who tranferred from Cincinnati, and redshirt sophomore Taylor Porter (Fort gay, W.Va.) who transferred from Murray State.
The new faces to the Herd are members of the 52nd ranked recruiting class in the country. The freshmen for the 2015-16 season are: Ama Arkorful (Vicksburg, Miss), Khadaijia Brooks (Bristol, Conn.), Tana Driver (Irving, Texas), Logan Fraley (Ashland, Ky.), Shayna Gore (Logan, W.Va.), Hope Lester (Hanover, W.Va.) and Madison Morris (Huntington, W.Va.).
Seven players on the roster this year for the Herd are from West Virginia. Redshirt junior Talequia Hamilton, junior Kiana Evans and freshman Madison Morris are from right here in Huntington. They are joined by junior McKenzie Akers (Princeton), redshirt sophomore Taylor Porter (Fort Gay) and freshmen Shayna Gore (Logan) and Hope Lester (Hanover). Add in freshman Logan Fraley from Ashland, Ky. and the Herd has eight members from the immediate surrounding area.
All-time, Marshall is 10-11 when beginning regular season play away from home. This weekend marks the second consecutive time that the Herd will start on the road under coach Matt Daniel. With Daniel at the helm, Marshall is 2-0 in season openers at Cam Henderson Center.
SURVEYING THE SCHEDULE
Highlights of Marshall’s 2014-15 schedule include:
- Five teams that advanced to postseason play in 2015.
- NCAA Tournament participants Western Kentucky
- Four WNIT participants: Old Dominion, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee and West Virginia
- Reigning conference tournament champions Western Kentucky
- Home televised matchup with Western Kentucky Feb. 14, 2015
RECORD BOOK WATCH
The Herd has a few players who are approaching career milestones and rising up the ranks of the program record book.
- Senior Leah Scott after turning in the eighth highest single season points (494) total in Herd history, she is 167 points away from becoming the 18th player in team history to score 1,000 career points.
- Senior Norrisha Victrum can be found in a few places in the record book. She currently ranks 11th in 3-point field goals made (86), ninth in 3-point field goals attempted (277) and 11th in assists (265). Victrum needs 294 points to reach 1,000 for her career.
- Junior Chelsey Romero ranks seventh with 84 career blocks.
Marshall made it to the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) at the end of the 2014-15 season. It was the Herd’s first appearance in postseason play since going to the NCAA Tournament in 1997 after winning the Southern Conference Championship. Marshall won its first ever postseason game when it defeated Northern Kentucky 81-79 (3/19/15) in the first round of the WBI. Marshall lost a close one in the second round 73-71 at Mercer (3/22/15).
LET’S GET SOCIAL
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SCOUTING THE EAGLES
The teams will be competing as part of the Mickey Wells Classic, named for the winningest coach in Morehead State history. Coach Wells led the Eagles from 1975-76 through 1983-84 and finished with a record of 156-91.
Morehead State is a fairly young team with only one senior on the roster in guard Natalie Greenwell (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and returning a total of five players from a team that finished 12-18 this past season. The Eagles graduated its leading scorer from ‘14-’15 (535 - 17.8ppg) in guard Almesha Jones who finished 13th in scoring in program history with 1,443. Morehead State also returns its leading shot blocker in Shay Steele (53 - 1.8 bpg) and its leading rebounder in Eriel McKee (238 - 8.8 rpg). There are seven new faces on the roster for Morehead State.
Marshall leads the all-time series with the Eagles, 26-21. Morehead State won the most recent matchup (11/18/13) at the Cam 53-51. The Herd had won eight straight from 2002-03 to 2009-10. Since, the two teams have traded wins and losses over the past three contests. In the previous matchup, current Herd players Leah Scott, Norrisha Victrum, McKenzie Akers and Chelsey Romero all saw time on the floor. For Scott, it was her second career double-digit point game in a Marshall uniform with 10 in the game. She now has 45 career double-digit point games at MU.
The Mickey Wells Classic will continue as Marshall hosts Brescia in its home opener at the Cam Henderson Center on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m.