Shepard-Hall Second Team All-Conference USA

DALLAS - Marshall guard Sikeetha Shepard-Hall of Houston, Texas was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team, the league office announced Wednesday, in advance of the 2006 C-USA Women's Basketball Championships that begin on Thursday at SMU's Moody Coliseum in Dallas. Shepard-Hall led the Thundering Herd in scoring for the fourth straight season with 15.1 points per game, sixth best in C-USA. She also posted 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for Marshall.

The senior's 16.2 points per contest in league play ties for the fifth most in the conference. The second team nod is the second straight for Shepard-Hall, who was named to last season's Mid-American Conference Second Team. In fact, Shepard-Hall was selected to an all-conference team in all four of her years at MU. She was previously named to the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2003 and the honorable mention team in 2004. Shepard-Hall will end her career as the No. 3 all-time scorer in Marshall history with over 1,560 points.

Top seed Tulsa's Jillian Robbins was named C-USA Player of the Year, and the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. Robbins' head coach, Charlene Thomas-Swinson, was named the league's Coach of the Year. Joining Robbins on the first team are SMU's Janielle Dodds, UAB's Carmen Guzman, Houston's Tye Jackson and Lauren Neaves of Rice.

C-USA's second team included Cherie Mills, East Carolina; Megan Moody, Tulsa; Kendra Reed, Southern Miss; Jasmine Young, East Carolina; and Shepard-Hall, Marshall. The third team was Sarah Davis, SMU; Krystal Frazier, Rice; Sha'Ratta Hawkins, Houston; Kara Pongonis-Paslay, Tulsa; and Jennifer Sands, Tulane.

The Conference USA All-Freshman Team included Sha'Ratta Hawkins, Houston; Britney Jones, UAB; Ashley Langford, Tulane; Kendra Reed, Southern Miss; and Jasmine Young, East Carolina. Reed and Young split the C-USA Freshman of the Year award. Sixth Player of the Year was Paris Leonard of Memphis.

The Marshall women meet the seemingly toothless Tigers of Memphis, the 12th seed with a record of 3-24, 1-15 in the league, on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. (EST). The game can be followed on the internet at www.conferenceusa.com or www.marshall.edu/wmul on the world-wide web. Locally, WMUL 88.1 FM will carry the game. Marshall, with the win, would advance to the second round against Southern Miss, who the Herd just beat on Sunday 66-53 in Huntington on Senior Day for the Herd's Shepard-Hall, Reshundra Smiley, Mary Pat Statler and graduating juniors Crystal Champion and Michele Hagan.

On the men's side, here are the current standings in Conference USA, with one regular season game left for all teams on Saturday. The Herd can finish 6-8 with a win at UAB, and the Blazers will have only one day to prepare for the Herd as they host the No. 3 team in the nation, the Memphis Tigers, tonight at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The Herd can finish, with a loss, as low as ninth in the league, having a tie-breaker with 4-9 SMU. It would take a rare "road" winning day for the Herd to finish as high as sixth, as MU would have to win at UAB, combined with wins by SMU at Rice, Tulane at Tulsa and UTEP at UCF (Central Florida). Tulane would be 7-7, while MU and UCF would be 6-8 and Tulsa, Rice and SMU would be 5-9. The Herd won its only trip to Birmingham two years ago, 68-66, behind two Mark Patton free-throws with 0:00.6 seconds to play at Bartow Arena. The Herd lost by 12 to the Blazers on January 14 in Huntington.

2005-06 C-USA MEN'S BASKETBALL (THROUGH GAMES OF MAR. 1)

TEAM W-L PCT. H A W-L PCT. H A N L-10 STRK
y- MEMPHIS 12-0 1.000 6-0 6-0 26-2 .929 15-1 10-0 1-1 10-0 W15
y- UTEP 11-2 .846 7-0 4-2 19-7 .731 14-2 5-5 0-0 8-2 W2
y- UAB 10-2 .833 5-0 5-2 20-5 .800 12-1 7-4 1-0 8-2 W4
y- HOUSTON 9-4 .692 6-1 3-3 19-7 .731 12-2 7-5 0-0 9-1 W1
UCF 6-7 .462 3-3 3-4 12-14 .462 9-5 3-7 0-2 5-5 L1
TULANE 6-7 .462 4-3 2-4 11-15 .423 9-4 2-9 0-2 6-4 W2
MARSHALL 5-8 .385 3-3 2-5 12-14 .462 7-6 3-7 2-1 3-7 W2
RICE 5-8 .385 2-4 3-4 11-15 .423 8-5 3-7 0-3 3-7 L3
TULSA 5-8 .385 4-2 1-6 10-16 .385 7-5 3-11 0-0 3-7 L2
SMU 4-9 .308 3-4 1-5 12-14 .462 9-6 3-8 0-0 3-7 L2
E. CAROLINA 2-11 .154 2-5 0-6 8-18 .308 7-8 1-10 0-0 2-8 L2
SO. MISS 2-11 .154 2-4 0-7 8-20 .286 7-8 0-10 1-2 1-9 L5
y- clinched first round bye at C-USA championship

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 2
(3) Memphis at UAB (ESPN 2)....9:30p
Saturday, March 4
East Carolina at Southern Miss................5:00p
SMU at Rice...............................................7:05p
UTEP at UCF.............................................7:30p
Tulane at Tulsa...........................................8:00p
Marshall at UAB (WRVC/WDGG)...........8:30p
Houston at Memphis (CSTV)....................9:00p
End of regular season

Wed.,-Sat. March 8-11 CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP FedExForum, Memphis, Tenn. Times TBA
All Times Eastern

RECENT RESULTS
Wednesday, March 1
Marshall 73, UCF 61
Houston 74, Rice 71
Tulane 50, Southern Miss 47
UTEP 49, Tulsa 47


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