Thundering Herd women’s hoops on the road for final two games

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Zachary Hiser

Marshall women's basketball player, #20 Taylor Pearson

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Trying to get out of a three-way tie for eighth place in the conference, the Marshall University Thundering Herd women’s basketball team will travel to the Sunshine State for a two-game road swing that begins Thursday night at Florida International University and concludes Saturday afternoon at Florida Atlantic.

The Herd is entering the week with an 11-16 record (6-10 Conference USA) after a 77-69 loss on senior day to North Texas Saturday afternoon. The Panthers are entering the contest with a 5-22 record (2-14 C-USA) after a loss at Charlotte, 49-31, Saturday. The Owls come into the game Saturday with a 12-15 record (6-10 C-USA).

The FIU Panthers come in tied for last place in conference play, and Thundering Herd Head Coach Tony Kemper said the team is using its home loss to the Panthers as fuel for Thursday.

“We definitely understand that they are going to feel pretty good going into this game because they played awfully well in here,” Kemper said. “We need to counter that and get back to playing well. We need to get going the right way on Thursday.”

The Florida Atlantic Owls are coming in following two straight losses to Western Kentucky University and Old Dominion, and in both games the Owls competed well. Kemper said his squad is going to have to use its 85-75 win over FAU back on Feb. 1, where junior guard Kristen Mayo and freshman guard Savannah Wheeler combined for 45 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals. Kemper said that should boost the confidence of the both of them Saturday.

“I think Kristen is one those (players) that hasn’t forced a lot of shots,” he said. “I think she is playing extremely well offensively and that needs to continue. (Savannah) probably had her least effective game as a college player the other day. We need her to bounce back quickly, it’s a long year for freshman with the grind of 30 games.”

On Thursday evening, tipoff is 7 p.m. at Ocean Bank Convocation Center and on Saturday afternoon, tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at FAU Arena.

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