Feb. 16, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women's basketball concludes its two-game home stand as UAB travels to Huntington for Thursday night's Conference USA battle during the annual Pink Zone awareness game sponsored by Mattress Warehouse. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., at the Cam Henderson Center.
The Thundering Herd (6-18, 2-9 C-USA) is coming off a two game slump since its first-ever victory at Reed Green Coliseum against Southern Miss. In its latest contest UCF, took the season sweep of MU with a 71-59 win at the Cam Henderson Center on Sunday. Marshall sent three girls into double-figures on the night, including Tynikki Crook's 11th double-double of the season, 19 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with four assists and four blocks. Rashedah Henriques and Alaya Mitchell chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively.
UAB (13-11, 5-6 C-USA) earned a 74-45 victory against Southern Miss on Sunday to win its fourth straight. Amanda Peterson has posted two 20 point games in the last three contests, including a 27 point effort against UTEP. Amber Jones is coming off the bench to lead all UAB scorers with 11.2 points per game.
MU looks to avenge a 74-46 loss to the Blazers on Jan. 30. Tynikki Crook hit double-digits for the 19th time in 20 games with 13 points, but Jones exploded off the bench with a season-high 22 points in Bartow Arena. Lateidra Elliott made her return to the lineup but its wasn't enough to help the turnover plagued Herd. Tessa Johnson added 10 points on four-of-six shooting from the floor.
"It is a much different scenario for us because we have a full allotment of players. We didn't have Lateidra Elliott full speed, we didn't have Rashedah Henriques yet, we weren't in a situation where we had our depth. Hopefully now both of those girls are a little bit more acclimatized and a bit more back into the flow of things for us," head coach Royce Chadwick said.
Since the last meeting, Elliott posted a team-high 15 points and six assists in the win against USM and Henriques is averaging double-figures in the past three contests.
"Plus we are at home. We have opportunities to close out our February with a good run here at the Henderson Center and I think our players are very excited about the opportunity to play against UAB," Chadwick concluded.