Both Marshall, Tulsa women hoping for first Conference USA win
HUNTINGTON -- With Marshall University's women's basketball team staring at a four-game losing streak and an 0-2 mark in Conference USA play, head coach Matt Daniel is using every bit of intel to try and get an edge heading into Thursday's matchup at Tulsa.
Daniel is familiar with the Tulsa program through a close friendship with one of the Golden Hurricane player's father, but he maintained it will take much more than knowledge to earn the team's first C-USA win of the season.
"It doesn't matter how much we know," Daniel said. "It's how much we can get our student-athletes to do, and hopefully, that's more than theirs. Hopefully, we can steal one on the road."
Daniel's friendship is with former University of Arkansas basketball player Lee Mayberry, whose daughter, Taleya Mayberry, is Tulsa's leader on the court.
Mayberry leads the Golden Hurricane in points (19.5), assists (4.0) and steals (2.6) per game, but the production has not necessarily translated to win.
Tulsa comes into the contest at 5-10 overall and, like Marshall, is winless in C-USA.
Daniel found out how much the home-court advantage plays in during his first road conference contest last week at Southern Miss. Daniel watched his team take a 10-point halftime lead and lose, 48-46, after scoring just 14 second-half points.
"They are twice as tough on the road, I don't care who you are against," Daniel said. "I can promise you that from my Southern Miss experience and 14 points in one half."
Marshall (6-9, 0-2) has won the last five meetings between the teams and is getting solid play from its guard tandem of Shay Weaver and Norrisha Victrum.
Victrum played all 40 minutes at point guard against Southern Miss and the freshman scored a season-best 16. Weaver was 5-for-9 from 3-point range and scored 18.
Tulsa features one of the conference's more versatile post players in Tiffani Couisnard, who averages 9.3 points and 9.0 rebounds. Fellow post Loren McDaniel adds nearly seven points and 7.5 rebounds per night as well.
Marshall's Chukwuka Ezeigbo leads the Thundering Herd post players with 8.5 points and 6.3 rebounds.