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Herd to Complete Home Stretch Versus WVU Tech
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 foundonline or through WMUL 88.1 FM, and live updates will be available through @HerdWBB on Twitter.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Last time out, the Thundering Herd fell short versus Eastern Kentucky, 64-55, Dec. 3 at Cam Henderson Center. Junior Leah Scott (Detroit) finished with a team-best 16 points, her fifth double-digit performance in six games. Junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, seven of which were offensive. In a game that saw six ties and three lead changes, Marshall topped the Colonels in second-chance points (14-2) and bench points (21-11).
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 seven points over three games, from 54.0 to 61.0 points per game.
The Herd’s three-point field goal percentage defense is the best in Conference USA at .250 (24-96). Marshall also ranks highly in other defensive categories, including scoring defense (third, 58.7 ppg), defensive rebound percentage (third, .722), rebounding defense (fifth, 36.7 rbg), field goal percentage defense (fifth, .370), and blocked shots (fifth, 4.17 bpg).
The Herd’s free throw percentage is a Conference-USA-low of 56.9 percent, with an average of 13.7 made foul shots off 24 attempts per game. Junior AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) leads Marshall from the charity stripe, with a near-perfect record of 12-of-14 from the line.
BOARD IT UP
Junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) is averaging 4.17 offensive rebounds per game, second-most in Conference USA. Her total 7.8 rebounds per game ranks 12th. She is also averaging 2.17 blocked shots a game for the Herd, good for fifth place overall in the conference.
Marshall’s tandem of centers, freshman Chelsey Romero (Queens, N.Y.) and junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.), boast the highest pair of field goal percentages on the team at .529 (9-of-17) and .488 (21-of-43), respectively. Ezeigbo’s mark of .488 ranks 13th overall in the conference.
AKERS, FROM DOWNTOWN
Freshman McKenzie Akers (Princeton, W.Va.) leads the Herd from three-point range with a .400 percentage – tied for fifth in Conference USA. She ranks eighth in C-USA in made threes (1.67 per game), and has helped Marshall to fourth place in the conference in threes at 5.67 per game. Akers matched her career-high with three treys versus Indiana State, Nov. 24.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
From Nov. 18 through Dec. 29, the Herd will play eight 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.
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 GOLDEN BEARS
WVU Tech (2-8) is looking to snap a three-game losing streak when it arrives in Huntington, Monday. The Golden Bears and the Herd shared a common opponent this season in Bluefield College, which WVU Tech defeated, 75-48, Nov. 5. In its home opener, Nov. 8, Marshall took down the Rams, 63-41.
The Herd is unbeaten versus the Golden Bears, leading the all-time series, 9-0. Monday’s meeting marks the first face-off between the teams in 12 years, when Marshall soundly defeated WVU Tech, 98-57 (Dec. 1, 2001). The Herd has won by at least 13 points in each of its matchups with the Golden Bears.
Marshall prepares for the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic in Charleston, W.Va., marking the 53rd consecutive meeting with West Virginia, Saturday, Dec. 14. For all the latest information about Herd women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.