Virginia Cavaliers Up Next for Women's Basketball at the Henderson Center

Freshman Alyssa Hammond is the Herd's third leading scorer and is coming off a nine-point outing in her first C-USA game on Saturday versus Houston.

Freshman Alyssa Hammond is the Herd's third leading scorer and is coming off a nine-point outing in her first C-USA game on Saturday versus Houston.

Virginia at Marshall Game Notes
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Dec. 4, 2006

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall women's basketball team will play host to its second Atlantic Coast Conference team in a week when the Virginia Cavaliers make their first appearance at the Cam Henderson Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Thundering Herd, sitting on 499 all-time wins, is coming off a 57-41 win over Houston in its Conference USA opener on Saturday in front of 1,209 fans. Center Modupe Ishola (Washington, D.C.) enjoyed a career night, scoring 23 points with 14 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.

Marshall (6-2, 1-0 C-USA) will face the Cavaliers (6-2, 0-0 ACC) in the last of its three-game homestand. Virginia, which is receiving votes in both major women's basketball polls, is riding a three-game win streak after dispatching Seton Hall 85-65 in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. Senior guard Brenna McGuire, granddaughter of the late coaching legend Al McGuire, scored a team-high 17 points in the Cavs win over the Pirates.

Virginia is led in scoring (16.1 points per game) and rebounding (9.3/game) by sophomore Lyndra Littles. The forward is shooting 57.6 percent from the floor and registered a double-double (13 pts., 11 rebs.) in the two team's meeting last season at Virginia.

The Cavaliers' Debbie Ryan is now in her 30th season on the Virginia bench. The legendary coach has taken UVa to three Final Fours and 21 NCAA Tournament appearances. Only the 11th coach with 600 career victories, Ryan was named Naismith Coach of the Year in 1991 and is a seven-time ACC Coach of the Year honoree.

UVa leads the all-time series with Marshall, 2-0.

Tuesday will mark Virginia's second tilt against a team from C-USA this season, as the Cavs upended UCF 76-47 on Nov. 25 in the Bahamas. Marshall fell to the Cavs' ACC foe in No. 1 Maryland last Wednesday by a 68-49 decision.

Ishola paces the Herd in points (13.9/game) and rebounding (9.1/game) while leading C-USA in field goal percentage (61.4 percent). The senior averaged a double-double last week (15 points, 11.5 rebounds) in the Herd's two outings (1-1). Sophomore guard Meg Withrow (Nitro, W.Va.) is the Herd's other double-digit scorer with 10.5 points per game.

Both teams will take an 11-day hiatus from game action due to final exams following Tuesday's clash at the Henderson Center. The Herd's next outing will come at former Mid-American Conference rival Ohio on Dec. 16, while Virginia will next face Cleveland State at the Cavs' brand new John Paul Jones Arena.

"We Are Marshall" movie posters, direct from Warner Bros., will be given to the first 100 Marshall students in attendance and the first 300 non-Marshall students. Also, 400 megaphones, courtesy of the MU Alumni Association and Annual Fund, will be distributed to the first 400 fans at the Henderson Center.

Tuesday's game, along with all 14 Marshall home games, can be seen live on Herd All-Access by signing up for the service on The game can also be heard live on Marshall's student station, WMUL 88.1-FM, which will also utilize a web broadcast at WRVC 930-AM is also scheduled to broadcast the contest.