CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia women's basketball team can equal its longest winning ever against Marshall in the 53rd meeting of the intrastate series.
The Mountaineers won nine consecutive games against the Thundering Herd from 1980 to 1984, games that were played in Huntington, Morgantown and even the Randolph County Armory in Elkins.
WVU (7-1) carries an eight-game streak into this Saturday's meeting with Marshall (3-4). Tipoff for the annual Capital Classic is set for 1 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.
The WVU-Marshall men's game is at 7:30 p.m.
The Mountaineers have dominated the series in recent years, winning six of the last eight matchups by double figures and the last four meetings by an average of 29.5 points. WVU enters the game as winners of seven in a row this season, with the only loss coming in the season opener against Ohio State. West Virginia has won six of its seven games by double figures, an average of 24.4 points.
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Four players average double figures for West Virginia, led by 5-foot-9 senior guard Christal Caldwell's 15.5 points per game. Asya Bussie, a 6-4 senior center, is fourth in scoring (12.6 points) and leads the team in rebounds (8.1 per game) and blocked shots (15).
Marshall is in its second season under Matt Daniel. The Herd has wins over Bluefield College, Southern Illinois and WVU Tech.
Leah Scott is MU's only double-digit scorer (12.0 points per game), but she is part of a balanced attack. AJ Johnson (8.9 points), Suporia Dickens (8.1 points), Chukwuka Ezeigbo (7.3), McKenzie Akers (6.7), Erica Woods (5.4) and Chelsey Romero (5.0) all contribute.
WVU won last December's meeting, 64-48, in front of 2,606 at the Civic Center. The Mountaineers have won 11 of the last 12 in the series and own a 36-16 edge all-time against the Herd.