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Marshall women host East Carolina

Feb. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Second-place East Carolina visits Marshall University for a Conference USA women's basketball game Thursday in Cam Henderson Center.

Tip-off is 7 p.m. between the Pirates and Thundering Herd.

East Carolina (18-6, 8-3 C-USA) trails only SMU at 10-1 in the conference standings. The Pirates defeated the SMU Mustangs last week, 63-47.

Celeste Stewart of the Pirates was selected as C-USA co-player of the week after firing in 26 points against SMU and netting 11 in a Sunday win over Southern Miss, 82-60.

Stewart, a 5-foot-6 senior guard, averages 11.6 points per game.

The Edwards twins from Charlotte, N.C. -- 5-11 Whitny and 6-1 Britny -- lead the Pirates in points and rebounds respectively. Whitny Edwards averages 12.2 points and 6.1 rebounds. Britny Edwards averages 10.3 points and 8.6 rebounds.

Senior forward Kristine Mial had 19 points and 12 rebounds against Southern Miss.

East Carolina has won four of its last five games with a squad ranked first in C-USA defense giving up 54.5 points a game and getting 12.5 steals.

Marshall (8-16 season) is tied with Rice at the bottom of the standings with a 2-9 conference record.

Erica Woods with 11 points was the only Marshall player in double figures Sunday when the Herd lost at UAB, 61-43. Shay Weaver, Chukwuka Ezeigbo and Suporia Dickens each scored nine.

Weaver, a 5-9 sophomore guard, averages 9.6 points as the leader of a team scoring just 54.3 per game.

Ezeigbo, a 6-3 sophomore, averages 8.2 points and gets 6.3 rebounds a game. Suporia Dickens and Norrisha Victrum average 7.3 and 7.2 points respectively.

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