Marshall set for first meeting with Big Red

Herd to Begin Thanksgiving Road Trip at Cornell

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Herd to Begin Thanksgiving Road Trip at Cornell

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – As the lone remaining undefeated Conference USA team, Marshall women’s basketball will take its perfect 3-0 record on the road when it visits Cornell (2-2) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y. The contest marks the beginning of a three-game road stretch for the Thundering Herd.

In addition to live tweets from @HerdWBB, live stats and video streaming will be available through CornellBigRed.com.

HAVE YOU HERD?
Led by career-highs of 23 points by Leah Scott (Detroit) and five 3-pointers by Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.), Marshall moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2008-09 with a 74-57 defeat of Maryland Eastern Shore on Nov. 22 at Cam Henderson Center. For the second time this season, the Herd kept the lead for the entire game while gaining largest margin of the year, up by 24 at 18:01 in the second half.

UNDEFEATED
As of Saturday, Nov. 22, Marshall is the only D-I program in the country undefeated in football (11-0) and women’s basketball (3-0). Additionally, for the first time since 2002-03, Marshall men’s and women’s basketball each opened their seasons with at least two consecutive wins.

STREAKING
The Herd’s three wins to open the 2014-15 campaign marks the first time Marshall has won three consecutive games under coach Matt Daniel. The three-game streak is also a first since the Herd won a five-game stretch from Dec. 28, 2011 through Jan. 11, 2012.

LEADING THE WAY
As of Nov. 25, three Marshall players lead Conference USA in three respective statistical categories. Junior point guard Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) has the league’s highest 3-point field goal percentage (.636), sinking 7-of-11, and is ranked No. 13 nationally. Senior center Chukwuka Ezeigo (Trenton, N.J.) is tied for most blocked shots per game (3.0) at No. 19 in the nation. Finally, Leah Scott (Detroit) has played the most minutes per game in the league (37.7) and is second in scoring with 20.0 points per contest.

RANKING THE HERD
As a team, Marshall ranks in the top 5 in 12 of 16 statistical categories listed by Conference USA. Notably, the Herd leads the league in field goal percentage defense (.349) and blocks per game (5.3), and is second in scoring defense (52.3 ppg) and scoring margin (+15.3 ppg).

ON THE ROAD, AGAIN
Of the first nine contests of the 2014-15 campaign, Marshall will play seven away from Huntington. The Herd’s current three-game road trip is the longest since a stretch of six games from Nov. 23 to Dec. 8, 2012. During that stint, Marshall went 3-3 over two neutral site tournaments, the annual Capital Classic against West Virginia, and one true away contest at Southern Illinois. Later this season the Herd be away for a second stretch of three games, at Rice (Feb. 5, 2015), North Texas (Feb. 7) and Western Kentucky (Feb. 14).

LET’S GET SOCIAL
Keep up with the latest news about Herd basketball by liking the team’s official Facebook page: Marshall University Basketball. For live in-game updates and news, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter. Want to see photos and behind-the-scenes action? Give @HerdWBB a follow on Instagram.

SCOUTING THE BIG RED
After dropping its first two contests of the season against Hartford (48-46) and Drexel (62-53), the Big Red (2-2) won its last two outings against Colgate (74-66) and common opponent Fairfield (58-47). Cornell will have a quick turnaround when it takes on the Herd after defeating the Stags on Monday. The Big Red is ranked seventh out of eight Ivy League teams with a scoring offense of 57.8 points per game, and lists two players with double-figure scoring averages in Nia Marshall (13.0 ppg) and Megan LeDuc (11.0 ppg).

Wednesday marks the Herd’s first meeting with Cornell.

UP NEXT
The Herd will travel southbound for a meeting with Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. in Conway, S.C. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.

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