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Herd Prepares for Saturday Meeting with Davis & Elkins

Junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo

Dec. 6, 2013

GAME 7: DAVIS & ELKINS (1-7, 0-0 G-MAC) vs. MARSHALL (2-4, 0-0 C-USA)
Saturday, Dec. 7 | 1 p.m. ET
Huntington, W.Va. | Cam Henderson Center
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After dropping a decision to Eastern Kentucky, Tuesday, Marshall women’s basketball (2-4, 0-0 C-USA) will look to rebuild by hosting Davis & Elkins (1-7, 0-0 G-MAC), Saturday, at 1 p.m. It will be the Herd’s fifth consecutive game at Cam Henderson Center.

Live stats and live video will be available through the women’s basketball schedule page at The official live radio broadcast can be found online or through WMUL 88.1 FM, and live updates will be available through @HerdWBB on Twitter.

In a game that saw six ties and three lead changes, the Thundering Herd fell short versus Eastern Kentucky, 64-55, Tuesday evening at Cam Henderson Center. Junior Leah Scott (Detroit) finished with a team-best 16 points, her fifth double-digit performance in six games. Junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, seven of which were offensive. Despite the loss, Marshall topped the Colonels in second-chance points (14-2) and bench points (21-11).

After opening the season’s first three games with a 1-2 record and starting the same five players, coach Matt Daniel mixed things up by placing sophomore Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) and senior Orlandria Williams (Memphis, Tenn.) into the starting lineup  versus Indiana State, Nov. 24. Since making the switch, the Herd’s scoring average has improved by seven points over three games, from 54.0 to 61.0 points per game.

The Herd’s three-point field goal percentage defense is the best in Conference USA at .250 (24-96). Marshall also ranks highly in other defensive categories, including scoring defense (third, 58.7 ppg), defensive rebound percentage (third, .722), rebounding defense (fourth, 36.7 rbg), field goal percentage defense (fifth, .370), and blocked shots (fifth, 4.17 bpg).

The Herd’s free throw percentage is a Conference-USA-low at 56.9 percent, with an average of 13.7 made foul shots off 24 attempts per game. Junior AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) leads Marshall from the charity stripe, with a near-perfect record of 12-of-14 from the line.

Marshall’s tandem of freshman Chelsey Romero (Queens, N.Y.) and junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) boasts the highest pair of field goal percentages on the team at .529 (9-of-17) and .488 (21-of-43), respectively. Ezeigbo’s mark of .488 ranks 13th overall in the conference.

Junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) is 4.17 offensive rebounds per game, second-most in Conference USA. Her total 7.8 rebounds per game ranks 11th. She is also averaging 2.17 blocked shots a game for the Herd, good for fifth place overall in the conference.

Freshman McKenzie Akers (Princeton, W.Va.) leads the Herd from three-point range with a .400 percentage – tied for fifth in Conference USA. She also ranks seventh in three-pointers in the conference (1.67 per game). Akers matched her career-high with three treys versus Indiana State, Nov. 24.

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 1985-86 and 1983-84 seasons are the longest home runs in team history.

From Nov. 18 through Dec. 29, the Herd will play 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.

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.

Davis & Elkins (1-7, 0-0 G-MAC) is looking to snap a five-game losing streak when it arrives in Huntington, Saturday. Stephanie Wooten leads the Senators with 12.8 points and 2.6 assists per game.

Marshall is unbeaten versus the Senators, leading the all-time series, 2-0. Saturday’s meeting marks the first face-off between the teams in 26 years, when the 1987-88 Herd soundly defeated the Senators, 101-50. Interestingly, the teams will meet on the exact same day that they did in 1987: December 7.

The Herd will complete its six-game home stand by hosting WVU Tech, Monday, at 7 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center. For all the latest information about Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.