Dec. 1, 2012
RICHMOND, Ky. - Sophomore Shay Weaver recorded five three-pointers for the second game in a row as Marshall women's basketball knocked off Presbyterian College, 59-51, in the first ever meeting between the two teams.
After taking a loss to Jackson State on Friday, the Thundering Herd finished the EKU Comfort Suites Tournament, 1-1. The victory over the Blue Hose improved Marshall to 4-3, while Presbyterian dropped to 4-5.
Shay Weaver was named to the All-Tournament team following the win. She tied a career-high against the Blue Hose, scoring 19 points after shooting 6-of-8 from the field, while going 5-for-6 in three-pointers. She finished the weekend with 36 points after going 12-of-21 from the field and 10-of-17 in three-pointers.
Two other Marshall players joined Weaver in double-digit figures. Chukwuka Ezeigbo earned 14 points, and helped the Herd total 30 points in the paint from the center position. Suporia Dickens followed with 10 points and also had two steals.
Veronica Ruiz and Ezeigbo each had five rebounds to lead the Herd on the boards. After out-rebounding PC 28-23, Marshall is 4-0 on the season when having more rebounds than its opponent.
Marshall was effective at the free throw line, going 12-of-15 from the stripe for an 80.0 percent average.
The Herd defense consistently disrupted the Blue Hose attack, forcing 18 PC turnovers and totaling 10 steals. Nineteen of Marshall's points came off of Blue Hose turnovers.
"That execution was a lot better," noted head coach Matt Daniel. "We got to the free throw line - it pays off. We out-rebounded them and held them to just six three-point shots. They made five, but they couldn't get off many more. We out-hustled to the loose balls. We were just better and our execution was better.
"We're capable when we are focused and locked in," continued Daniel. "We held a good team to just 51 points - that's a hard thing to do at this level, I don't care who you are playing against."
Presbyterian jumped to a 9-2 lead in the first three minutes of play. PC's Shonda Burnside had four points as the Blue Hose went 4-for-6 from the field to open the game.
Weaver helped cut the deficit, supplying three different three-pointers, allowing Marshall to take its first lead of the game at 17-16 with just over 10 minutes left in the half. Weaver finished the first half 3-for-3 from behind the arch in the opening 20 minutes.
Going back and forth for the remainder of the period, the final five minutes showcased only five made points by both teams, but Marshall sustained a 25-23 lead over Presbyterian at halftime.
Behind Weaver's nine points, King added six points in the first half and Ruiz led on the boards with five.
Dickens earned six points to open up the second half, pushing the Marshall lead to 37-32 with 16 minutes left in the half.
Scoring a three-pointer and adding a lay-up on two straight possessions, Weaver helped give the Herd a 42-34 lead with 12 minutes left in the game.
Marshall then held the Blue Hose scoreless for seven minutes, taking a 45-34 lead with 10:30 left in the game. Presbyterian responded and switched the momentum, going on a 7-0 run to trim the Herd lead to just 48-46.
In the final five minutes, the Herd went 5-of-6 from the free throw line, while Ezeigbo totaled six points in the paint to seal the 59-51 win over Presbyterian.
Marshall will next play West Virginia in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Tip off will start at 7 p.m. ET.