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Women’s basketball pulls out first C-USA win over La. Tech, 69-55

The Parthenon

Published: Sunday, February 9, 2014

Updated: Sunday, February 9, 2014 22:02

Women’s basketball pulls out first C-USA win over La. Tech, 69-55

Andrea Steele | The Parthenon

Senior forward Suporia Dickens puts up a shot against East Carolina Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the Cam Henderson Center. Dickens is averaging 9.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Herd.

The Thundering Herd women’s basketball team managed to grab its first conference win of the season against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

While wearing pink shoes and warm-up shirts stating “United We Fight” for Breast Cancer Awareness Day, the team managed to break its eight game losing streak with a decisive win, ending the game with a final score of 69-55.

Louisiana Tech, a team that has been consistently strong in the past, is 0-11 on the road this season.

There were no lead changes or ties in the match, which gave the Herd the chance to show it can be a dominating team on the court.

During the game the, Herd averaged 55 percent from the free throw line and made five of their attempted three-point shots.

McKenzie Akers, a 19-year-old-freshman out of Princeton, W.Va, made four of the three-pointers. She said she hopes the feeling of this win will help the team in their upcoming matchups.

“It’s about time,” Akers said. “We should have been winning a long time ago in conference, but hopefully this will start something.”

While 10 of the players saw time on the court, Chukwuka Ezeigbo, a 21-year-old junior from Trenton, N.J., and Chelsey Romero, an 18-year-old freshman out of Hampton, Va., both had huge performances as individuals.

Ezeigbo started in the game and played for a total of 21 minutes. She ended the day with 10 points and 10 rebounds, making it her fourth career double-double.

Romero had a total of 19 minutes on the floor, and made a career high of 15 rebounds. She also had seven total points, three blocked shots and one steal.

Although the team remains last place in Conference USA after this win, head coach Matt Daniels said that he will use this fact to the team’s advantage.

“I’m not afraid to be the chameleon of college basketball,” he said. “We’re going to hide our weaknesses, develop our strengths and play off of those. It’s led to us playing better basketball because there is no guessing as to what we’re going to do.”

The Herd will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Mississippi to take  the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, before returning home Feb. 15 to face UNC Charlotte.

Gabi Warwick can be contacted at warwick@marshall.edu.

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