Marshall women visit UTEP, Thornton on Wednesday
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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