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Marshall women visiting Memphis

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University women's basketball is trying to gain some postseason momentum in its final regular season game Thursday at Memphis.

Marshall (9-19, 3-12 Conference USA) is last in the standings and knows it will be the 12th seed next week at the C-USA tournament in Tulsa, Okla.

Memphis (16-13, 7-8) is tied for fifth place and still in the hunt for a top-five finish and first-round tournament bye.

SMU (21-7, 12-3) has clinched at least a share of the regular season championship with league games still to be played Thursday and Friday. East Carolina and Tulane, both 11-4 in the conference, have secured tournament byes.

The Thundering Herd and Tigers clash at 8 p.m., Thursday, in Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

Marshall lost its final home game of the season Sunday against UCF, 75-71.

While Memphis leads C-USA in scoring with 69.3 a game, Marshall is last with a 55.3 average. The Tigers also lead the league in field goal percentage at 41.2.

Herd sophomore guard Shay Weaver leads the team with 9.3 points per game. Suporia Dickens, a 5-foot-10 junior, averages 8.4 and 6-3 sophomore Chukwuka Ezeigbo gets 7.7 while also averaging 6.1 rebounds. The Herd also has steady scoring from junior guard Erica Woods (7.1) and freshman guard Norrisha Victrum (6.9).

Marshall defeated Memphis in a Feb. 3 home game, 55-54.

Nicole Dickson of the Tigers, a 6-foot senior, leads C-USA in scoring with a 19.3 average. Dickson also pulls down 7.2 rebounds a game.

Freshman guard April Hearn averages 13.4 points for the Tigers.

Junior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir scores 10.5 points and is the league's best free throw shooter at 52-for-61 for 85.2 percent.

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