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Marshall women on road vs. Rice

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HOUSTON -- Someone will be left alone in last place Sunday when Marshall's Thundering Herd and the Rice Owls play a Conference USA women's basketball game in Tudor Fieldhouse.

The teams are tied for 11th place, both at 3-9 in the conference.

Marshall (9-16) enters the 3 p.m. contest as a winner twice in its last three games.

Erica Woods and Leandra King both popped in 15 points Thursday when the Thundering Herd won at home against East Carolina, 72-60. Suporia Dickens and Norrisha Victrum both netted 12 points.

Woods made seven of 10 free throws. King went 6-for-7 from the field while also getting five rebounds and blocking a pair of shots. Dickens made all six of her foul shots.

Marshall committed a season-low 12 turnovers.

The teams battled even in rebounds, but Chukwuka Ezeigbo and Suporia Dickens had nine and seven respectively for the Herd.

Shay Weaver scored just two Thursday, but still leads Marshall with a 9.3 average. Ezeigbo adds 8.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Next on the Herd scoring average list are Dickens (7.5), Victrum (7.4), Woods (7.2) and King (5.9).

Rice has an 11-14 season record and is 10-4 for games in Tudor Fieldhouse.

The Owls added to their home win total Thursday against UCF, 66-49, when they shot 72.7 percent for the second half (16 of 22) and were 13-for-13 on free throw attempts for the game.

Megan Palmer led the Owls in Thursday's game with 17 points and averages 10.1. Christal Porter had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Rice junior forward Jessica Kuster recorded her 70th career game in double figures with 13 points.

Kuster leads the Owls in scoring (16.3) and is the C-USA rebound leader with 10.2 a game.

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