Marshall Women’s Basketball Opens the Month Against East Carolina

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University
The Thundering Herd hope to leave January behind

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- Marshall women’s basketball team looks to put January behind them and start the month on a new foot as the 5-15 Thundering Herd hosts East Carolina on Thursday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., at the Cam Henderson Center.

Injuries and turnovers continued to plague the Herd in Sunday’s contest, a 74-46 loss to UAB. Tynikki Crook scored a team-high 13 points, falling one point shy of entering into the program’s top-five all-time scorers. Tessa Johnson chipped in 10 points shooting four-of-six from the floor.

In her first appearance since Dec. 18th MU point guard Lateidra Elliott added five points in 22 minutes of action.

“The key for us is to try and get healthy. Some of our injured players are not in any way shape or form 100 percent,” head coach Royce Chadwick said. “They are warriors because they are trying to fight through the difficult times and play but they are in a situation right now where they are slowly trying to get back out of rehab and back into playing shape. They just have to fight through it and try and help the team.”

East Carolina (9-11, 3-4 C-USA) has won three of its last four, with its only loss coming in overtime against Southern Miss on Jan. 23rd. The Pirates have won two straight including its latest contest, a 65-58 victory against UCF on Sunday. Ashley Clarke led the charge for ECU, finishing with 12 points. Kim Gay and Crystal Wilson each chipped in 11 points in the win. Gay leads the team with 12.0 points per game this season and is the only Pirate to start every game this season.

East Carolina holds a 7-6 series advantage and has won four of its last five against the Herd. However, Marshall is 5-2 at home against the Pirates all-time and its only win during the five game span came at home in an 85-83 victory on Jan. 18, 2009.