HUNTINGTON, W. Va. -- Marshall Women’s basketball begins the 2012-13 season under the helm of newly hired Head Coach Matt Daniel looking to build from its 16-14 record last season. Marshall also looks to improve within its conference after a disappointing record of 7-9. Daniel will attempt to lead Marshall back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1997.
Marshall will play a schedule that includes teams from 10 different conferences. Marquette and Presbyterian College will be first-time opponents for The Herd while preserving long-term rivalries against Ohio (15 years) in the Cam Henderson Center at home and traveling to Charleston to play West Virginia (40 years) in the Capital City Classic.
Preseason action for The Herd includes Concord on Nov. 1 and Kentucky State on Nov. 4 as both teams visit Huntington. Regular season action begins on Nov. 9 with 2011-12 Big South semifinalists Radford visiting Huntington. Marshall travels to Terre Haute, Ind. to face Indiana State, a team Marshall has not faced since 1980. The Herd returns home on Nov. 17 to face Ball State.
Marshall will spend its Thanksgiving holiday in Texas playing in the Texas A&M Tournament facing Southern on Nov. 23 and Marquette on Nov. 25. Marshall heads to Richmond, Ky. as a participant of EKU’s tournament Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
Non-conference play continues for Marshall during December as it faces some of its toughest opponents of the season. Marshall plays West Virginia on Dec. 4 in the Capital City Classic and returns home for the first time in more than a month on Dec. 15, clashing with Ohio followed by games with Furman on Dec. 20 and Tennessee Tech on Dec. 22.
Non-conference play will close out with a trip to Annapolis to battle with 2011-12 Patriot League Champions, Navy on Dec. 30.
Marshall begins Conference USA play on Jan. 10 after an 11-day break with a road trip to Hattiesburg, Miss. to face Southern Miss. Marshall returns home on Jan. 13 to play Tulane, then heads to Tulsa on Jan. 17.
February will be Marshall’s toughest part of the schedule as it opens with Memphis on Feb. 3 at home before heading to Orlando to face UCF on Feb. 7 and to Dallas on Feb. 10 to battle with SMU. Marshall clashes with reigning C-USA champions UTEP on Feb. 14 before heading to Birmingham for a second meeting with UAB. Marshall closes the month out hosting East Carolina on the 21st, traveling to Houston to face Rice on the 24th and Southern Miss on the 28th.
The Herd closes Conference USA play against UCF in its final home game of the season on March 3. Marshall closes the regular season at Memphis on March 7.
The Herd begins postseason play in Tulsa beginning March 13 in the Conference USA Championships. The tournament runs March 13-16 with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.