Marshall women host Evansville
HUNTINGTON - Marshall University women’s basketball returns to the friendly confines of Cam Henderson Center seeking for a change to their early-season fortunes.
Marshall (1-4) hosts Evansville (1-3) at 6 p.m. Thursday in a battle of struggling teams.
Marshall is coming off a 74-52 weekend loss at Appalachian State. It was the third time in four games against NCAA Division I competition the Thundering Herd was unable to eclipse 55 points.
Offensive efficiency and knocking down open looks are keys to the solving at least of some of Marshall’s problems.
Marshall is shooting just 34 percent from the field and 24.3 percent from 3-point distance.
The Herd is averaging 62.4 points per game.
Senior guard Shayna Gore leads Marshall with 16.2 points per game and sophomore guard Kristen Mayo is also in double figures at 10.6.
Evansville is in a similar position to that of Marshall as they make the trip to Huntington.
The Purple Aces have struggled to find their range as well, averaging just 57.8 points a game while not eclipsing the 70-point mark yet.
Their lone win was 67-58 against Chicago State.
Evansville is led in scoring by Brooke Bishop, a senior guard averaging 10.8 per game. Senior guard Kerri Gasper is tied for second on the team in scoring at 9.3 while also tying for the team lead in rebounding with 6.3 a game.
Both teams have seen rebounding be one of their chief issues during the early portion of the season.
Evansville is getting outrebounded by 4.5 rebounds per game while Marshall is facing a 5.8 rebound deficit per outing.
Following the Evansville matchup, Marshall returns to action at home on Saturday when the Herd hosts Coppin State at Cam Henderson Center.