HUNTINGTON – A year ago at this time, Kai Broomfield’s presence in the Marshall women’s tennis lineup was pretty much like her forehand.
"In-and-out," MU coach John Mercer said.
These days, as the Thundering Herd hosts a Huntington Tennis Club "doubleheader" indoors Saturday against 74th-ranked Liberty and West Virginia State (11 a.m. and 5 p.m.), Broomfield has stepped up her game – and the team’s as well.
Marshall men, women both play on Tuesday in El Paso against Florida Atlantic to open C-USA Tournament, as 4 teams share men's titleWritten by Woody Woodrum
IRVING, Texas - After taking a share of its second straight regular season conference championship in its first year as a member of Conference USA, Louisiana Tech will be the No. 1 seed at the 2014 Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship, March 11-15 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
The Bulldogs shared the C-USA regular season title with Tulsa, Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss. The four-way tie marked just the third time in the league's 19-year history that multiple teams tied for the regular season men's basketball crown and the first time since five schools shared the title in 2004.
The top four teams in the league will get a two-day bye, meaning they will not play until Thursday. Teams 5-9 will sit out day one and meet the winners of Tuesday's first-round games on Wednesday, March 12.
Marshall's Thundering Herd (10-21 overall, 4-12 in C-USA) finished as the 14th seed, and will play the No. 11-seeded Owls of Florida Atlantic (10-21, 5-11) on Tuesday, March 11, at 8 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. in El Paso, Tex.). Marshall lost to FAU in the Cam Henderson Center back on Feb. 1, a 65-57 loss in a game the Owls shot 53 percent from the floor and were plus eight in rebounding.
HUNTINGTON – In the final home game of his first Marshall basketball season, freshman point guard Kareem Canty reached a milestone.
In his first "homecoming" at the Henderson Center down I-64 from his Charleston home, another guard in the game – Charlotte junior Pierria Henry -- had what Canty wanted more … and what Coach Tom Herrion and his Thundering Herd has to have to keep the 2013-14 season afloat.
Canty’s late flurry of points weren’t quite enough, as Henry and Charlotte held off the Herd, 74-70, in a Conference USA regular-season finale Thursday that marked Senior Night for 7-foot-2 Yous Mbao, the tallest player in Herd hoops history.
IRVING, Texas (March 6, 2014) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today the names on the 2014 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, including 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 87 players and 26 coaches from the divisional ranks.
Marshall University will have two players in the FCS/I-AA ballot, running back Chris Parker (1992-95) and quarterback Michael Payton (1989-92). Marshall has four players - quarterback/linebacker Harry "Cy" Young (1910-11), running/defensive back Jackie Hunt (1939-41) and a pair of receivers/return specialists in both Mike Barber (1985-88) and Troy Brown (1991-92), as well as Coach Jim Donnan (1990-95; UGA, 1996-2000) - who are already members of the NFF College Football Hall of Fame.
Parker was A 1995 First Team All-America pick and member of 1992 national championship team. He also helped lead MU back to national title game in 1993 and ’95 (national runner-ups both years) and to the Southern Conference crown and the I-AA semi-finals in 1994. He recorded 31 games with at least 100 yards rushing en route to finishing career with still Marshall records of 5,924 rushing yards and 68 touchdowns. He led Herd and SoCon in rushing in 1993-94-95, earning three-time All-SC First Team honors as well as SoCon Offensive Player of the Year in 1993 and '95. Parker spent three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL, 1996-98.
HUNTINGTON – Lia Foster was born in Canada and grew up there. She attends college in the United States.
Her passport to international soccer, however, came on another continent, in another hemisphere.
Foster, a Marshall sophomore defender, returned to school last month after a successful tryout for Colombia’s Under-20 National Team. She played in the 10-team South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) qualifier for the U20 World Cup scheduled this summer in Canada.
HUNTINGTON – There were senior moments, to be sure, but on Senior Night for Marshall women’s basketball 2013-14, what was most memorable is what mattered most.
“We came out on top, and I’m happy for that, for all of us,” Thundering Herd senior forward Orlandria Williams said.
In a stirring comeback in the regular-season finale and last Henderson Center appearance for Williams and fellow seniors Erica Woods and Suporia Dickens, Marshall rallied from a 13-point deficit with 15:45 to play Wednesday night and downed UTSA in overtime, 81-76.