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MU women meet Houston

Jan. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall coach Matt Daniel likely hopes that an early start awakens his offense on Sunday afternoon.

The Thundering Herd come into Sunday's noon matchup with Houston at 0-3 in conference play and on a five-game losing streak while averaging just under 51 points per game in conference play.

For the Herd, many of the difficulties have ranged in a lack of balance on the offensive end of play.

On nights that the guards are lighting it up, the post players are having difficulty getting into a flow.

However, in the 67-49 loss to Tulsa on Thursday, the Herd got solid production in the post, only to have the perimeter players struggle from the outside. Marshall's guard trio on Thursday went a combined 6-of-25.

On Sunday, Marshall will be facing a Houston team who is coming off a dismal offensive performance of its own in a 54-46 loss at UAB.

The Cougars come into the contest with the league's worst scoring defense, meaning this might be a good day for the Herd to get its offense going.

Coming into the game, Marshall is led by Shay Weaver, who is averaging 10.8 points per game and leads Conference USA with 43 3-pointers on the season.

The Cougars come in with one of the conference's top players in point guard Porsche Landry, who is averaging 17.3 points and 4.3 assists per game. Her scoring mark is third in conference and the assist average is fifth.

Houston (7-8, 1-1) also has two of the top rebounders in the conference in Yasmeen Thompson and Te'Onna Campbell. Thompson is grabbing 9.6 boards while Campbell is good for 7.6 per game.

Marshall's post players will draw the task of trying to win the rebounding battle and thus, earn the Herd -- and Daniel -- their first conference win.

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