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Capital Classic women's preview

Dec. 03, 2012 @ 10:09 PM

HUNTINGTON — In women’s basketball, Marshall University and West Virginia University are two programs at completely opposite ends of the spectrum.

Marshall (4-3) is trying to turn its program around under first-year head coach Matt Daniel while West Virginia (4-2) has a perennial Top 25 team under 12-year veteran coach Mike Carey. They collide at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in the Charleston Civic Center.

“Tuesday night is without a doubt a tall order,” Daniel said. “It’s not only about head-to-head, but also where the two programs are. Coach Carey’s established a tradition and a way of how they are going to operate and we’ve been around a few months.”

Daniel is not one to sugarcoat any scenario faced him.

He knows the Mountaineers are talented and stake their claim on making the opposing offense look bad.

On Sunday, West Virginia forced Virginia into 23 turnovers while limiting the Cavaliers to just 26 percent shooting and seven assists on 15 field goals in the Mountaineers’ 54-47 win.

Marshall is struggling to find consistency on the offensive end while getting acclimated to Daniel’s scheme, and such was seen over the weekend in a tournament at Eastern Kentucky when the spurty Thundering Herd dropped a decision to Jackson State on Friday before rebounding with a win over Presbyterian on Saturday.

For more of this story check Tuesday's edition of The Herald-Dispatch in print and online.