"This is the most challenging schedule we've ever had," Chadwick, in his sixth season at Marshall, said. "With an inexperienced team like we have, we are going to have to grow up quickly in order to compete." With 29 games scheduled in 2006-07, Marshall will tie the school record for the most regular-season games played in a season. It is the most regular-season contests the Herd has seen since its first season in the Mid-American Conference in 1997-98.
The 38th year of Marshall women's basketball begins in Annapolis, Md., on Nov. 12 when the Herd takes on Navy for its second ever appearance against the Midshipmen. Center Modupe Ishola, a Washington, D.C., native, will get the opportunity to play near her hometown to commence her senior season.
Six of the Herd's scheduled opponents qualified for postseason action in 2006, including the NCAA champion Maryland Terrapins. Brenda Frese's squad will make its first ever trip to Huntington in the second contest in history between the Herd and Terps and first since 2004. The game marks the second straight season that Marshall will face the reigning champs after it played Baylor a year ago.
Marshall's first home game of the season will feature NCAA participant and Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Southern University. The Herd and Jaguars will meet in the first round of the Fifth Third MU Classic (Nov. 17-18), which also features Robert Morris and former MAC rival Kent State. "The Fifth Third Classic has really gotten a shot in the arm as we will host three 20-win teams in the tournament," Chadwick said. The consolation game of the Herd's lone regular-season tournament will be played at 11 a.m. on Nov. 18, followed by the championship game at 1 p.m.
Marshall, 15-14 in 2005-06, will face the defending C-USA champion and NCAA participant Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Feb. 9 in Tulsa, Okla. Women's NIT qualifier Virginia will visit the Henderson Center on Dec. 5 while two other WNIT teams, Drake on Nov. 24 and Rice on Jan. 11, dot the Herd's calendar. "It's an ambitious schedule for a team with six returnees," Chadwick said. "We're really looking forward to the challenges ahead of us."
The matchup with Drake is set for Marshall's final game of the 2006 Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico, the Herd's second straight appearance in the event. The Herd will face Monmouth in the opening game on Nov. 23. After its return from Mexico, Marshall begins a grueling three-game homestand. Following the Maryland contest, the Herd will open C-USA play versus Houston (Dec. 2), in the sixth installment of Jam the Cam, followed by the Dec. 5 game versus Virginia.
Marshall kept regional rivalries alive by scheduling Morehead State (Nov. 21) and Wright State (Dec. 19) at home plus an afternoon road clash with Ohio (Dec. 16) in Athens. The Herd rounds out non-conference play at Niagara (Dec. 21) and at Richmond (Dec. 28), before the annual Toyota Capital Classic versus West Virginia (Jan. 24) in Charleston, W.Va. The regular-season conference schedule gets in full swing on Jan. 2 when the Herd visits East Carolina. UCF (Jan. 5) and Southern Miss (Jan. 7) are scheduled for Henderson Center visits before Marshall plays three-straight road games at Rice (Jan. 11), Memphis (Jan. 18) and UAB (Jan. 20).
After the annual Charleston Civic Center tilt with the Mountaineers, the Herd returns for three straight games at home beginning with East Carolina on Jan. 28. MU will then play host to Memphis on Feb. 1 and UAB on Feb. 3. Trips to Tulsa (Feb. 9) and SMU (Feb. 11) precede the final two home games of the year on Feb. 15 and 17 against Tulane and UTEP, respectively. The regular season ends on the road with Marshall at UCF (Feb. 22) and Southern Miss (Feb. 24). The C-USA Championship, hosted by Tulsa, is scheduled for March 1-4 to be played at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Marshall's exhibition schedule features West Virginia Wesleyan (Nov. 2) and Ohio Valley (Nov. 7), both at the Henderson Center.