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Herd women look to stop struggles

Jan. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The start of the 2012-13 Conference USA season has not been kind to the Marshall women's basketball team.

Marshall (6-12, 0-5 Conference USA) is still in search of its first win in 2013 with the team mired in a seven-game losing streak.

During the streak, the Thundering Herd offense has struggled to find its range while the opposition is consistently converting its chances to earn victories.

East Carolina (13-5, 3-2) comes into the contest having won its last two conference games over Tulsa and Tulane -- both of which have defeated the Herd.

The Pirates get consistent scoring across the board, led by twin sisters Whitny and Britny Edwards.

Not surprisingly, the twins are nearly identical on the court, too.

Whitny Edwards leads East Carolina with 11.6 points and 6.4 rebounds while Britny Edwards averages 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

Point guard Celeste Stewart averages 10.7 points and 4.2 assists per game as she engineers the Pirates on the offensive end.

Marshall's Shay Weaver is the Herd's lone double-figure scorer with 10.2 points a game. Most of Weaver's damage comes from beyond the arc where she has connected on 46 3-pointers this season.

Chukwuka Ezeigbo leads Marshall's interior attack with 8.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Following the game, Marshall returns home for a Sunday contest against Memphis at Cam Henderson Center. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.

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