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Women’s basketball team looks for redemption against WKU after 29-point loss in last meeting

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Marshall University women’s basketball team takes on Western Kentucky University 1 p.m. Sunday at the Cam Henderson Center.

The Herd (16-6, 6-5) lost by 29 points to the Hilltoppers (18-4, 9-2) in its Jan. 2 meeting. The loss was more than double the margin of any other loss Marshall has suffered this season.

In the game, Marshall shot 35.5 percent from the field, including 1-16 on 3-pointers. Conversely, Western Kentucky shot 49.2 percent from the field and 7-11 from behind the 3-point line.

Western Kentucky punished Marshall with second-chance opportunities in its last meeting, totaling 19 offensive rebounds.

However, the previous matchup was the first conference game of the season for the Herd.  Marshall enters Sunday’s game riding a three-game win streak.

In the team’s most recent contest, the Herd defeated the University of Texas San Antonio, 80-76.

Senior point guard Norrisha Victrum led the Herd with 19 points on 8-14 shooting and connected on three of her six 3-pointers.

Forwards Tequila Hamilton and Chelsey Romero reached double digits with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

The rebounding presence of Hamilton, Romero and senior forward Leah Scott, who leads the Herd in rebounding and scoring, will be essential to upsetting the Hilltoppers.

WKU ranks second in the conference in rebounding margin per game, snagging an average of 4.4 more boards than its opponents. The Herd, meanwhile, are the fourth-worst rebounding team in C-USA with a -2.5 per game margin.

Western Kentucky is second in the conference in scoring margin, bolstered by its fourth-place ranking in both scoring offense and scoring defense.

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