Women's Basketball to Battle Navy, Sunday
Herd to host Midshipmen at 2 p.m.
Dec. 28, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s basketball (5-5, 0-0 C-USA) will return from holiday break looking to continue a two-win streak when Navy (7-3, 0-0 Patriot League) visits Cam Henderson Center, Sunday, at 2 p.m.
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?
A slow start didn’t stop the Thundering Herd from picking up its second consecutive win, taking down Delaware State, 62-47, Saturday, Dec. 21, at Cam Henderson Center. Sophomore guard Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) finished the game on top for the Herd’s third consecutive game, putting up 16 points. She had a solid outing from the point guard position, making four assists, three steals and committing zero turnovers. Two other Marshall players found double figures, with Leah Scott’s (Detroit) 13 and Suporia Dickens’ (Freeport, Ill.) 11.
For the first time in coach Matt Daniel's two seasons, Marshall has won back-to-back games, defeating Wofford, 71-56 (Dec. 19), and Delaware State, 62-47 (Dec. 21). The Herd’s last winning streak came in February 2012, when Marshall defeated Memphis, 65-54 (Feb. 16), and UAB, 40-37 (Feb. 19).
CONFERENCE USA FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) has been named Conference USA Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week, the league office announced, Monday, Dec. 23.
This is Romero’s first Freshman of the Week honor, and is the first conference weekly award earned in coach Matt Daniel’s two seasons. Romero is the second Herd player ever to earn the honor, with the last being Shay Weaver who earned the award twice in 2012 (Feb. 20, March 2).
The 6-1 forward helped lead Marshall to back-to-back victories for the first time under Daniel, averaging 11.5 rebounds per game over the weekend. Against Wofford (Dec. 19), she scored 10 points, had nine rebounds and shot .417 from the field. She tied her career high with 14 boards versus Delaware State (Dec. 21) and matched her best performance of three blocks in both games.
For the Herd’s past four games, Romero has stepped into the starting lineup to play for junior center Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) who is out of the country with a family emergency.
‘VICTRUM’ OF CIRCUMSTANCES
Sophomore guard Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) has made quite an impact for the Herd of late, as Marshall’s high-scorer for the past three games. Notably, her career-high 24 points against Wofford (Dec. 19) are the most scored by a player in coach Matt Daniel’s two seasons and are the most by a Herd player since Tynikki Crook scored 25 in a 71-67 home win over Cleveland State, Dec. 18, 2010. Her eight assists and 12-made free throws versus Wofford are also single-game highs under Daniel. Since Dec. 14, over a three-game span, Victrum is 24-of-28 from the free throw line.
CHANGING IT UP
Coach Matt Daniel has started six different combinations over 10 games, and each of the Herd’s five wins have come with different starting lineups. No Herd player has started every single game for Marshall so far, however, junior Leah Scott (Detroit) and redshirt senior Erica Woods (St. George, Bermuda) have each started all but one game.
Marshall’s defensive performance has been one of the most effective in the nation so far this season. Limiting opponents to just 57.9 points per game and 35 percent from the field (as of Dec. 22), the Herd’s scoring defense ranks 36th among NCAA DI schools. Marshall ranks in the NCAA Top 50 in two other defensive categories: blocked shots per game (4.7, 43rd) and three-point percentage defense (.266, 39th).
WON’T GIVE IT UP
It’s tough to get the ball away from the Herd, as Marshall leads Conference USA with only 13.5 turnovers per game, good for 31st among NCAA DI schools.
Since Cam Henderson Center opened in 1981, the Herd holds a home record of 257-153 (.627 winning percentage) in 33 seasons. In coach Matt Daniel’s two seasons, the Herd is 11-10 at ‘the Cam.’ Last season, Marshall was 3-2 at home versus non-conference opponents.
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
Navy (7-3, 0-0 Patriot League) will close out its non-conference schedule when it visits Huntington, Sunday. The Mids haven’t seen action in 23 days, since a Dec. 6 73-57 loss to Princeton. Picked to win the Patriot League, the reigning conference champion and regular season co-champion returned five starters from last season, including leading scorer Kara Pollinger (13.3 ppg).
Sunday’s game will complete an away-and-home series for the Herd, with Navy defeating Marshall last season, 67-51, in Annapolis, Md. (Dec. 30, 2012). All-time, the series is tied at two games apiece, with each team winning one in Annapolis and one in Huntington.
Marshall gears up for a New Year’s Eve contest with Davis & Elkins, Tuesday, at 2 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center. For all the latest information about Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.