Herd Women Ranked High in NCAA Statistical Categories, Receive Votes in ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll





Herd Women Ranked High in NCAA Statistical Categories, Receive Votes in ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

12/11/2003


Marshall senior Catie Knable's 8.6 rebounds per game contribute to the Herd's No. 1 NCAA ranking in rebounding margin.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball team, off to its best start since the Thundering Herd jumped out to a 20-0 record to begin the 1971-72 season, is ranked in the top 20 in several NCAA statistical categories and received its first ever votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll this week.

Marshall (5-0) garnered four votes in the Top 25 coaches poll, the first time a Herd squad was recognized in this fashion since the poll was established in beginning with the 1985-86 season. The Associated Press national poll was launched at the start of the 1976-77 season.

The Herd is ranked first in the nation in rebounding margin, standing at a +16.8 clip thus far in the season. Royce Chadwick’s team is seventh in the NCAA in scoring margin (27.6/game), 12th in steals (13.8/game), 16th in field goal percentage defense (33.6/game) and 17th in scoring offense (80.4 ppg) and scoring defense (52.8 ppg).

The Herd finished the 2002-03 season with the 13th highest rebounding margin in the country (+7.5).

Preseason all-Mid-American Conference East Division selections Catie Knable (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) and Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (Houston, Texas) lead the team in rebounding (8.6/game) and scoring (12.2 ppg), respectively. Knable, the MAC’s defending rebounding champion, has posted two consecutive double-doubles while Shepard-Hall recorded a team season-high 23 points in MU’s tournament-winning victory over High Point on Nov. 22.

Marshall will face the Ohio Valley Conference champion Austin Peay State University Lady Govs at the Cam Henderson Center on Monday at 7 p.m. before engaging in its first road trip of the season with a two-game Texas road swing versus Texas-Pan American and Texas A&M next week.