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Marshall women visit UTEP, Thornton on Wednesday

Jan. 30, 2014 @ 12:56 AM

EL PASO, Texas -- Kayla Thornton, the Conference USA women's basketball Player of the Week, leads UTEP into a Wednesday game against Marshall University.

Thornton is a 6-foot-1 senior averaging a double-double of 19.4 points and 10.1 rebounds.

UTEP (15-4 season, 4-2 conference) won its last two games against Southern Miss, 86-85 in overtime, and at UTSA, 67-56.

The Miners also have 5-7 sophomore Jenzel Nash scoring 12.1 a game.

Kristine Vitola, a 6-4 senior, has blocmed 46 shots while averaging 9.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. Guards Chrishauna Parker and Kelli Willingham average 8.6 and 8.4 points respectively for C-USA's highest scoring team at 79.6 per game.

Marshall (7-11) is 0-5 in C-USA with losses to Tulane, UAB, at North Texas, at Rice and Tulsa.

The Herd's 63.6 scoring average is topped by 6-foot junior Leah Scott (12.5). Suporia Dickens, a 5-10 senior, is good for 10.1 points and 7.4 rebounds.

Junior guard A.J. Johnson scores 9.8 on average followed by sophomore guard Norrisha Victrum (7.9), 6-1 freshman Chelsey Romero (6.6) and 6-3 junior Chukwuka Ezeigbo (6.4).

Dickens leads the Marshall rebounders. Ezeigbo collects 7.0 a game and Romero 5.9.

Following Thursday's game at the site of the C-USA Tournament in March, the Herd comes back across the country for a 7 p.m. Saturday contest at Old Dominion (9-11, 2-4).

Marshall women's basketball

Marshall (7-11, 0-5)

at UTEP (15-4, 4-2)

9:05 p.m. Wednesday

Don Haskins Center

El Paso, Texas

Radio: WMUL 88.1-FM

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