Marshall women host Ohio
HUNTINGTON -- After a week of finishing up the semester and taking care of things on the academic side, Marshall's women's basketball team is ready to take the court again in search of another home victory.
On Saturday, it won't come easy as Ohio University, a rival from the Mid-American Conference, invades the Cam Henderson Center for a 2 p.m. showdown.
Marshall comes in at 5-4 after last Saturday's 70-66 win over Southern Illinois. The Herd got career-high scoring performances from Chukwuka Ezeigbo and Veronica Ruiz in the victory.
The Herd's post play was what got the team to the victory, and the team will need a similar effort this week against an Ohio team that comes into the contest at 3-5 following an overtime win over Morehead State.
The Bobcats have won two straight since dropping five in a row following a season-opening win over Cleveland State.
Ohio has defeated Marshall in each of the last four meetings between the teams. The last time the Herd came away with a victory was on Dec. 14, 2008 when Marshall walked away from the Convocation Center with a 78-74 win.
The game will mark the return of Ohio junior Erin Bailes, who was a standout at Huntington High before signing with the Bobcats. Bailes is averaging 6.7 points and three rebounds per contest.
The Bobcats are led in scoring by Shavon Robinson with 11.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. Kiyanna Black is also netting 11.1 points per contest.
Marshall is getting 11.4 points per game from sophomore guard Shay Weaver. Ezeigbo is leading the post game with 9.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Rebounding is one aspect in which the Herd hopes to have a distinct advantage in the contest.
Marshall is outrebounding opponents by more than four rebounds per game while Ohio has only outrebounded opponents twice in its eight contests.
Those two instances have been the last two games -- both Ohio wins.