Herd to Host Eastern Kentucky, Tuesday

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After snapping a three-game losing skid last week, Marshall women’s basketball (2-3, 0-0 C-USA) will look to continue its recent success by hosting Eastern Kentucky (3-5, 0-0 OVC), Tuesday, at 7 p.m. It will be the Herd’s fourth consecutive game at Cam Henderson Center.

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?
The Thundering Herd broke a three-game losing streak with a 23-point victory over Southern Illinois, Nov. 27, at Cam Henderson Center. All 11 participating Herd players reached the scoreboard, with senior Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) at the helm with 16 points and seven rebounds. Marshall’s 82 points marked the most scored by the Herd since an 83-66 victory over Morehead State, Nov. 23, 2011, and is the most scored under coach Matt Daniel.

A CHANGE-UP
After opening the season’s first three games with a 1-2 record and starting the same five players, coach Matt Daniel mixed things up by placing sophomore Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) and senior Orlandria Williams (Memphis, Tenn.) into the starting lineup  versus Indiana State, Nov. 24. Since making the switch, the Herd’s scoring average has improved by eight points over two games, from 54.0 to 62.2 points per game. Victrum and Williams have contributed a combined 7.5 points per game with 57 minutes played over two games.

DEFENSIVE STANCE
The Herd’s three-point field goal percentage defense is the best in Conference USA at .244 (19-78). Marshall also ranks highly in other defensive categories, including scoring defense (third, 57.6 ppg), field goal percentage defense (third, .364), defensive rebound percentage (third, .720), rebounding defense (fourth, 35.6 rbg) and blocked shots (sixth, 3.8 bpg).

BLOCK SOLID
Junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) is averaging 2.4 blocked shots a game for the Herd, good for third place overall in Conference USA. Her total 7.8 rebounds per game ranks 10th, and her 3.60 offensive boards per game is No. 4 in the conference.

AKERS, FROM DOWNTOWN
Freshman McKenzie Akers (Princeton, W.Va.) leads the Herd from three-point range with a .450 percentage – seventh in Conference USA. She also ranks seventh in three-pointers in the conference (1.8 per game). Akers matched her career-high with three treys versus Indiana State, Nov. 24.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The Herd is in the midst of a six-game home stint, the longest stretch since the 1985-86 season, when Marshall stayed home for seven consecutive games. The seven-game home stretches in both the 1985-86 and 1983-84 seasons are the longest home runs in team history.

From Nov. 18 through Dec. 29, the Herd will play nine home games, with one neutral site matchup versus West Virginia at the Charleston Civic Center (Dec. 14). Marshall will not travel again until the new year, when it makes a trip to NJIT, Jan. 5.

CAM’S ADVANTAGE
Since Cam Henderson Center opened in 1981, the Herd holds a home record of 252-171 (.596 winning percentage). Last season, the Herd was 3-2 at home versus non-conference opponents.

SCOUTING THE COLONELS
Eastern Kentucky will look to overcome a three-game losing streak when it visits Huntington, Tuesday. Most recently, the Colonels fell to Florida A&M and Mississippi Valley State at the Southern Miss Thanksgiving Tournament, Nov. 29-30. Senior Marie Carpenter leads with 22.5 points per game, tied for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference. She also averages 3.6 made three-pointers per game, most in the OVC.

The Colonels lead the all-time series with Marshall, 16-8, and are 7-6 when playing in Huntington. The teams haven’t met in 11 years, since a 95-73 EKU win, Dec. 1, 2002. This season, Marshall is 0-1 versus OVC opponents, losing to Morehead State (53-51), Nov. 18.

UP NEXT
For its fifth consecutive home game, the Herd will host Davis & Elkins, Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center. For all the latest information about Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.

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