Women's Basketball

@HerdWBB Readies for WBI Battle with Norse

March 18, 2015

GAME 31: MARSHALL (16-14, 8-10 C-USA) at Northern Kentucky (19-13, 8-6 Atlantic Sun)

Thursday, March 19, 2015 | 7 p.m. ET

Highland Heights, Ky. | The Bank of Kentucky Center (9,400)

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women's basketball (16-14) will play only its second postseason game as an NCAA program when it faces the Northern Kentucky Norse (19-13) with a 7 p.m. ET tip at The Bank of Kentucky Center in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational on Thursday.

In addition to live tweets from @HerdWBB, live stats will be available through HerdZone.com and live video can be seen here: http://www.espn3.com.

SCOUTING THE NORSE

Northern Kentucky (19-13) is coming into Thursday's game having lost the Atlantic Sun championship game 60-43 to 20th-ranked Florida Gulf Coast, which snapped a five-game winning streak for the Norse. NKU is led by Melody Doss' 13.2 points and Kaitlyn Gerrety's 5.3 rebounds per game. Rianna Gayheart averages 3.6 assists per contest, while Gerrety has 41 steals and 36 blocks. Doss and Christine Roush have combined to hit 109 of the team's 213 3-pointers on the season. The Norse really does damage at the free throw line where the squad makes 76.9 percent of its attempts, the eighth-highest total in the nation.

HAVE YOU HERD?

Thursday's game against NKU will be only Marshall's second postseason appearance as an NCAA program. The program fell 69-49 at Colorado in the first round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament ... Leah Scott registered a career-high 12 rebounds in the first-round Conference USA Tournament loss to Charlotte. Chukwuka Ezeigbo had 15 caroms in the contest, the most for any Marshall player in a C-USA Tourney game ... Marshall allowed just four Charlotte free throw attempts in last week's game, the fewest for any Herd opponent since Southern Miss earned that many attempts in a 68-61 Golden Eagle win on Feb. 28, 2013 ... Sharpshooter AJ Johnson has 71 3-pointers on the season, passing Shay Weaver for the single-season school record, previously set during the 2012-13 season ... Also, Marshall's current scoring clip of 65.4 points per game is on pace to be the program's best mark in Conference USA since that same 2007-08 season (68.0).

A HERD WIN WOULD...

Give Marshall its 17th win of the season, the highest total in Matt Daniel's two-plus years as head coach.

Give Marshall its first win in the all-time series between the two schools

SPREADING THE WEALTH...

Five players have led Marshall in scoring through 30 games this season. They are Leah Scott, AJ Johnson, Norrisha Victrum, Chukwuka Ezeigbo and McKenzie Akers.

DEFENSIVE STANCE

The Herd is near the top of Conference USA in several defensive categories: field goal percentage defense (2nd, .376), defensive rebounds (3rd, 27.1), 3-point percentage defense (4th, .291) and scoring defense (5th, 61.2).

BLOCK PARTY

The Herd's tandem of senior center Chukwuka Ezeigbo (Trenton, N.J.) and sophomore forward Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) are blocking their way into the Marshall record book. Ezeigbo ranks No. 4 with 115 career blocks, and needs four to reach Modupe Ishola's 119 from 2003-07. Romero has 84 at No. 7.

CLOSERS

Leading or tied with five minutes remaining (13-0)

Leading or tied at half (13-3)

THREE-BALLING

AJ Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) and Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) are nearing the top of the Marshall record book in career made 3-pointers. Both rank in the top 10, with Johnson at No. 5 (116) and Victrum rounding out the group (86).

HOME SWEET HENDERSON CENTER

Since its inaugural season in 1981-82, the Herd is 277-169 (.621) at Cam Henderson Center. This season, the Herd is 8-5 in the friendly confines.

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