Marshall Women Look for Back-to-Back Tourney Titles
Herd Heads to Binghamton's Time Warner Classic
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team will look to seize tournament titles in consecutive weekends when it travels to Binghamton, N.Y., for this weekend’s Time Warner Classic. The Thundering Herd will play the host Bearcats at 3 p.m. on Saturday and play either Brown or Robert Morris on Sunday at 1 or 3 p.m.
Fresh off winning its own tournament, the Fifth Third MU Classic, Marshall (2-0, 0-0 Mid-American Conference) will take to the road for the first time this season. In recent history the Herd has not fared well in its road-opener, dropping eight of the last 10 such games. Last year Marshall defeated Texas-Pan American in the season’s first road contest in Edinburg, Texas, by a final score of 74-59.
Marshall sophomore Crystal Champion (Washington, D.C.) was named the season’s first MAC East Division Player of the Week for her performance at the Fifth Third MU Classic. She averaged 13.0 points and 9.0 rebounds over the two games and was named tournament MVP. The forward also recorded her first career double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds – both career highs) in the championship game versus Lehigh.
Marshall will attempt to go 3-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time over 30 years.
Binghamton (0-1, 0-0 America East) fell to North Texas 62-44 in its season-opening game on Nov. 19. The Bearcats posted the 18th-best, one-year improvement among Division I teams during the 2003-04 season. BU went 17-10 last season after going 10-17 the year prior. Binghamton is led by all-conference first team selection Rachel Laws, who had her 24-game double-digit scoring streak ended in the season-opener.
Saturday’s game will mark the first time in school history that Marshall has played Binghamton. Marshall and Robert Morris are more familiar with each other, tangling nine times with the Herd holding an 8-1 advantage. Brown trails the all-time series with Marshall, 0-1.
Brown (1-1, 0-1 Ivy League) has three starters back from last season, but lost its top two scorers from a year ago. Senior Holly Robertson, a 6-foot-5 center, averages 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds this season and scored 15 points with seven rebounds in a win versus Fairleigh Dickinson.
The Robert Morris Colonials (1-0, 0-0 Northeast Conference) won its season-opener for the first time since 1991-92 when it downed Marshall’s MAC rival Akron 75-58. RMU got a sensational effort out of junior Tess Cooley who scored 22 points with 11 rebounds against the Zips to be named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week.
Marshall’s pair of games this weekend can be heard live on 88.1 WMUL-FM, Marshall’s student-run radio station, or on the web at www.marshall.edu/wmul.