Taylor Porter

Women's Basketball

49ers, Lady Monarchs Await Thundering Herd

Feb. 17, 2016

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The Marshall women's basketball team will travel to Charlotte (14-9 overall, 7-5 Conference USA) Thursday for a 7 p.m. tip and to Old Dominion (11-13, 7-5) Saturday for a 4 p.m. game.

Charlotte is 14-9 overall and tied for fourth in Conference USA at 7-5. Alexis Alexander leads the team in scoring (14.7), rebounding (7.7) and field goal percentage (.545). Laia Raventos leads the team with 90 assists. Kenya Olley has 38 blocks and Lefty Webster paces the group with 52 steals. Ciara Gregory has a team-high 55 3-pointers and .947 free throw percentage (36-38). The 49ers lead the league in scoring (74.9), field goal percentage (.453) and 3-point percentage (.356) but are 12th in scoring defense (71.7), field goal percentage defense (.417) and rebounding offense (38.7).

Coach Matt Daniel's teams have increased their scoring in each of their four seasons.

2012-13: 55.4 points per game
2013-14: 63.3
2014-15: 66.1
2015-16: 73.0

The Thundering Herd made eight of its 16 3-point attempts (.500) in the 80-76 loss at WKU on Sunday. That is the best percentage in a Conference USA contest under current head coach Matt Daniel.

Marshall is second in conference games only at 4.3 blocks per contest.

Marshall point guard Norrisha Victrum has become a more consistent scorer since the calendar turned to 2016. In her first 12 games this season, she notched double figures just five times. In her last 11 contests, she has hit that mark in eight games and has been the team's second-leading scorer at 11.6 per game. In her last two games, she has averaged 21.0 points, shooting 53.1 percent (17-for-32) from the field and 44.4 percent (4-for-9) from long range.

Victrum (2.1) is second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio.

The Thundering Herd went a perfect 18-for-18 from the free throw line in the 80-76 win over UTSA. The last time the program didn't miss was March 5, 2009 when MU also went 18-for-18 in a 76-57 win over Memphis. Marshall followed that performance with a 14-for-15 (.933) effort against WKU. Talequia Hamilton has significantly improved her charity-stripe shooting in the Thundering Herd's 12 conference games, going 25-for-33 (.758). In 11 non-conference games, she went just 17-for-29 (.586).

Victrum's nine field goals in the 80-76 loss to WKU was a career-high and her 23 points was a season-high. Talequia Hamilton's 35 minutes was also a season-high.

The Herd is outstanding when the following happens:

15-0 leading with five minutes left
13-0 leading at half
8-0 holding opponents to 60 points or less
11-1 when outrebounding opposition
15-3 when making more free throws
12-4 when three or more players get double digits

The Herd has a few players who are approaching career milestones and rising up the ranks of the program record book.

Senior Leah Scott has scored 388 points this season for a career total of 1,221. She is the 19th player in team history to score 1,000. Scott currently ranks seventh and needs 106 to pass Sheila Johnson (1987-91) for sixth. She also ranks fifth all-time with 305 free throws made.

Senior Norrisha Victrum can also be found in a few places in the record book. Victrum has 352 assists and has passed Kim Lewis (1984-1988) for fifth place in the school's all-time records. Victrum is currently sixth in 3-point field goals made (109) and needs 65 points to become the 20th player to reach 1,000 for her career.

Junior Chelsey Romero has 28 blocks this season to give her a career total of 112. She is in fifth place all-time and is the fifth player in program history with 100 in a career. She needs four more rejections to pass former teammate Chukwuka Ezeigbo (2011-15) for fourth on the school's all-time list.

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