Herd women look to continue winning streak
HUNTINGTON — Marshall University women’s basketball continues to stay in the upper echelon of Conference USA’s standings, but to remain there, the Thundering Herd has to navigate its toughest stretch of the season in league play.
That stretch begins Thursday when Marshall hosts North Texas at 6 p.m. for a conference matchup in Cam Henderson Center.
The eighth-place Mean Green come into Huntington with a bit of momentum after a 68-63 win over Charlotte that helped North Texas (11-10, 4-5 Conference USA) snap a five-game conference losing streak.
North Texas’ losing skid might have been a little deceptive because the Mean Green’s last four losses were against teams in the top six of C-USA.
Marshall (13-9, 7-2) is in fourth place after a sweep in Texas last weekend.
The sweep did not come easy as Marshall had to rally from double-digit halftime deficits to earn wins at UTEP and UTSA, whom are in the lower tier of the conference standings.
Marshall did not lead in regulation at UTSA, but used a late jump shot from Khadaijia Brooks to knot the game and send it to overtime before Shayna Gore took over. Gore scored 31 points to lead the Herd to the 79-72 overtime win and Taylor Porter added 19.
The Thursday matchup features two of the league’s top rebounding teams with Marshall at No. 2, averaging 40.1 rebounds per game while North Texas is No. 3 with 40.0. Whoever wins that matchup will have an upper hand in the contest.
Both teams also feature two of the league’s top four scorers as Gore (third with 19.0 per game) looks to match North Texas’ Terriell Bradley, who is fourth averaging 17.9 points.
Bradley, who missed a pair of games during the losing streak, returned to form in the win over Charlotte when she scored 20.
NORTH TEXAS (11-10, 4-5) AT MARSHALL (13-9, 7-2)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Cam Henderson Center
TV: beIN Sports
RADIO: WMUL 88.1-FM
Tickets: Adults $5, Children $3