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Marshall Women’s Basketball Reveals 2014-15 Schedule
Per Conference USA’s membership change from 16 to 14 teams, the conference schedule has expanded from 16 to 18 regular-season games. Additionally, the women’s schedule has altered from a Wednesday/Saturday pattern to align with the men on Thursday/Saturday. The Herd will take on eight Conference USA teams once each, and the other five teams on a home-and-home basis.
“There is no question this schedule will test us early, playing on the road and in back-to-back games,” coach Matt Daniel said. “With the conference having settled on 14 teams, our entire staff is excited because we truly believe we’ll reach new heights.”
Daniel’s third season at the Herd’s helm will open in Kingston, R.I., at the URI Tip-Off Tournament, where Marshall will face the host Rams (Nov. 14) and 2014 WBI semifinalist Fairfield (Nov. 15).
Marshall’s home opener will be a first meeting with Maryland Eastern Shore (Nov. 22) before a three-game road stint at Cornell (Nov. 26), Coastal Carolina (Nov. 26) and Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 6). The return trip to visit the Colonels will have the Herd seeking revenge from a 64-55 loss in Huntington last season.
Marshall will return home to face Salem International (Dec. 10). The Herd is 9-0 all-time versus the Tigers.
A trip to Norfolk State (Dec. 16) preludes the 54th meeting with in-state rival West Virginia at the Capital Classic (Dec. 20) in Charleston. The Mountaineers are coming off a historic 2013-14 campaign, where they secured the most wins in program history (30) and their first Big 12 regular-season title.
Next, the Herd will close non-conference play with two games in Huntington: a first meeting with Brescia (Dec. 22) and a visit by Robert Morris (Dec. 29).
To open C-USA play, Marshall will host league newcomer and travel partner Western Kentucky (Jan. 4). It will be the Hilltoppers’ first visit to Huntington. The reigning Sun Belt Tournament champions ended last season falling to Baylor in the 2014 NCAA Tournament first round.
The Herd will then hit the road for Old Dominion (Jan. 8) and Charlotte (Jan. 10). Marshall will host the Florida schools in mid-January, facing FIU (Jan. 15) and Florida Atlantic (Jan. 17) at Cam Henderson Center.
The first of two Texas road trips begins with UTSA (Jan. 22) and UTEP (Jan. 24), before a home weekend of Southern Miss (Jan. 29) and Louisiana Tech (Jan. 31). February play opens at Rice (Feb. 5) and North Texas (Feb. 7), before Marshall’s first visit to Western Kentucky since Jan. 5, 1977 (Feb. 14).
The Herd will host reigning C-USA champion Middle Tennessee (Feb. 19) and UAB (Feb. 21) before visiting the Florida schools – FIU (Feb. 26) and Florida Atlantic (Feb. 28). Regular-season play ends with Old Dominion (March 5) and Charlotte (March 7) in Huntington.
Twelve of the 14 conference teams will qualify for the 2014-15 Conference USA Tournament (March 11-14) in Birmingham, Ala.
Game times will be determined at a later date and will be announced on HerdZone.com. Television networks have the right to change times and possibly alter dates of various games on the schedule.
Worth Noting: The Herd will face four 2014 NCAA Tournament participants: West Virginia, Robert Morris, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee … four WNIT participants: Old Dominion, Charlotte, UTEP and Southern Miss … one WBI participant: Fairfield … three reigning conference tournament champions: Robert Morris, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee … two reigning regular-season conference champions: West Virginia and Middle Tennessee … and play four first meetings: Rhode Island, Maryland Eastern Shore, Cornell and Brescia.