HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall is a basketball oxymoron.
With five starters returning from last season, the Thundering Herd has the most experienced women's team in Conference USA. However, with 10 newcomers joining the green-and-white this season, Marshall also has the least experienced squad in the league.
"It's kind of a catch-22," Herd Coach Matt Daniel said. "It's kind of a weird situation."
Marshall will begin its second season under Daniel tonight, when it welcomes Kentucky Christian to the Henderson Center for an exhibition game.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
"I'm very excited about the game," Daniel said, "because it will give us a chance to see who we are and what we are about."
The five returning starters are sophomore guard Norrisha Victrum, junior center Chukwuka Ezeigbo, senior forward Suporia Dickens, senior forward Orlandria Williams and senior guard Erica Woods, who combined for 65 percent of the Herd's scoring and 61 percent of its rebounding in 2012-13.
"(Having those five) can only help," said Daniel, who begins his sixth season as a head coach with an 81-71 record. "The key will be incorporating them with a different crew with different expectations."
Daniel said only Dickens, Ezeigbo and Woods would be in the starting lineup tonight, however.
"That could change from night to night," Daniel said. "We just have to see. We really haven't figured out who we are going to be."
The Herd had no double-digit scorers last season. Dickens (8.5 points per game) was the closest, followed by Ezeigbo (7.9), Woods (7.1), Victrum (7.0) and Williams (5.3). Five of the 10 newcomers - part of Daniel's first recruiting class at Marshall - are freshmen: guards McKenzie Akers, Enjonae Chambers and Kiana Evans and forwards Chelsey Romero and Maya Singleton.
"We don't recruit anyone to sit," Daniel said when asked which freshmen might make an immediate impact.
"We recruit them to play."
Among those Daniel expects to play is Akers, who is one of three West Virginia natives on the Marshall roster.