Women's Basketball to Continue Home Stretch, Sunday
Marshall set to host Indiana State for 2 p.m. meeting
Nov. 23, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In game two of a six-game home stretch, Marshall women's basketball (1-2, 0-0 C-USA) will host Indiana State (2-2, 0-0 MVC), Sunday, at 2 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Thundering Herd dropped its second consecutive game when Morehead State visited Huntington and came away with a 53-51 win, Monday. The Eagles overcame a 10 point deficit in the final nine minutes to steal the game away from the Herd. Junior AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) led Marshall in scoring for the second consecutive game with 11 points, and junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) paced all players on the boards with 10 rebounds.
PROTECT THE HOUSE
Marshall ranks second in Conference USA for its scoring defense, allowing only 53.7 points per game, behind Tulane (49.0).
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The Herd is in the midst of a six-game home stint, the longest stretch since the 1985-86 season, when Marshall stayed home for seven consecutive games. The seven-game home stretches in both the 1986-86 and 1983-84 seasons are the longest home runs in team history.
From Nov. 18 through Dec. 29, the Herd will play a total of nine home games, with one neutral site matchup versus West Virginia at the Charleston Civic Center (Dec. 14). Marshall will not travel again until the New Year, when it makes a trip to NJIT, Jan. 5.
ADVANTAGE AT THE CAM
Since Cam Henderson Center opened in 1981, the Herd holds a home record of 252-171 (.596 winning percentage). Last season, the Herd was 3-2 at home versus non-conference opponents.
Seven of the Herd's 10 new players have seen playing time and have combined for 61 percent of Marshall's total offense thus far. Newcomer Leah Scott (Detroit, Mich.) leads all scorers with 38 over two games, averaging 12.7 points per game.
Notably, 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.
SCOUTING THE SYCAMORES
Indiana State (2-2, 0-0 MVC) will face Marshall after dropping its last two outings to Indiana (57-54) and Stetson (90-74). The Sycamores are led by newcomer postgraduate senior Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, who averages 13.8 points per game. In just two games, senior guard Anna Munn has made it to the free throw line 14 times and is currently a perfect 14-for-14 from the charity stripe.
ISU leads the all-time series, 2-1, but the teams have never met in Huntington. The two teams are in the end of a home-and-home series that began last season in Terre Haute where ISU walked away victorious (55-49). Prior to last season's meeting, the two teams hadn't faced each other since 1979-80 in the MAIAW (Midwest Association of Intercollegiate Athletics For Women) Championship where the Herd took the title, 102-90.
Marshall continues its six-game home stint by hosting Southern Illinois for a noon meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Cam Henderson Center.