Herd Home for the Holidays
Women's basketball to begin four-game holiday home stretch
Dec. 18, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s basketball (3-5, 0-0 C-USA) will stay in Huntington for the holiday season, kicking off a four-game stint at Cam Henderson Center when it hosts Wofford (2-7, 0-0 SoCon) at noon, Thursday.
Live stats and live video will be available through the women’s basketball schedule page at HerdZone.com. 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.
HAVE YOU HERD?
At the 2013 Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic, Dec. 14, Marshall fell to West Virginia, 82-51, at the Charleston Civic Center. Sophomore Norrisha Victrum's (Columbia, S.C.) 13 points - all in the first half - topped the Herd.
Marshall played without junior post player Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.), who has returned to Nigeria for a 17-day span to attend the funeral of her father, who died of cancer last month.
With 4.6 blocked shots per game, Marshall ranks in the top 50 (43) among NCAA DI schools and is second in Conference USA. Ezeigbo contributes 2.14 swats per game, putting her in the NCAA DI Top 50 (47).
Marshall’s defensive performance has been one of the most effective so far this season in Conference USA. The Herd ranks second in C-USA in blocked shots per game (4.6) and in three-point field goal percentage defense (.264). Marshall’s scoring defense (59.5 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.363) are fourth in the conference.
CHANGING IT UP
Coach Matt Daniel has started four different combinations over eight games, and each of the Herd’s three wins have come with different starting lineups. Redshirt senior guard Erica Woods (St. George, Bermuda) and junior guard Leah Scott (Detroit) have started every game for Marshall so far.
MAKE IT RAIN
Against WVU Tech, Dec. 9, the Herd totaled 13 treys (13-of-36), the most scored since sinking 14 versus West Virginia, Jan. 18, 1995. Freshman McKenzie Akers (Princeton, W.Va.) made a career-high four treys against the Golden Bears, going 4-of-10. She became the 15th Herd player all-time to attempt 10 threes in a single game. Marshall’s mark of 6.8 made three-pointers per game ranks second in Conference USA.
Marshall is reaping the success of its bench players, who have contributed contributed an average of 25.8 points per game. The Herd’s bench has outscored opponents’ benches by 10.4 points per game. The largest bench margin came versus Southern Illinois, Nov. 27, when Marshall scored 41 points to the Salukis’ 11. The Herd’s bench has only been out-scored by an opponent’s bench one time all season, versus West Virginia, Dec. 14 (19-42).
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Prior to the neutral-site matchup with West Virginia, Dec. 14, the Herd hadn’t hit the road since Nov. 12, when Marshall took a trip to Robert Morris in Coraopolis, Penn. From Dec. 19 through 31, the Herd will play four home games, and 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 255-153 (.625 winning percentage). Last season, the Herd was 3-2 at home versus non-conference opponents.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
Wofford (2-7, 0-0 SoCon) will look to snap a three-game losing streak when it visits Huntington, Thursday. The Terriers haven’t won since Dec. 4, over Bluefield College (a Marshall-shared opponent). Sophomore guard Jordan Frazier is at the offensive helm for Wofford with 14.2 points and 1.7 assists per game. Junior forward Lauren Kirby is pulling down 6.1 rebounds per game, topping the Terriers.
Thursday’s game marks the third-ever meeting between Marshall and Wofford, with the Herd at 2-0 all-time. The teams haven’t met since a series in the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. In both games, Marshall defeated the Terriers, with a 74-63 victory in Spartanburg, S.C. (Feb. 3, 1997), and a narrow 72-70 win in Huntington (Dec. 16, 1997).
On Dec. 21, Marshall basketball will host a doubleheader, with the women at noon against Delaware State and the men at 7 p.m. versus Arkansas State. For all the latest information about Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.