Dec. 31, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Tynikki Crook recorded her third double-double of the season as the Marshall University women's basketball team topped Radford, 70-66, to win its sixth-straight game Thursday afternoon at the Cam Henderson Center.
"Radford played very well today, we are lucky to come out of here with a win, if not for our offensive rebounding, we would have been in trouble," Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said. "This was a great education for our team, playing Thursday and today gave them an idea of what Conference USA play would be like."
Crook led Marshall (8-4) with 13 points and 11 rebounds. She also had three blocks. Chantelle Handy hit double digits for the seventh time in eight games, scoring 12 while Mystee Dale chipped in ten.
The Herd took a 4-0 lead and never looked back in the opening stanza, leading the whole way. Crook scored the first four points for MU on her way to 11 in the first half. Marshall jumped out to an 8-2 lead while the defense held Radford (1-10) to 1-of-7 from the field to open the game.
The lead for Marshall would reach as many as 11 mid-way through the half after Erica Woods connected on a lay-up to make it 24-13 in favor of the Herd. Woods had a solid half, scoring four points and stealing the ball on four occasions.
Radford held its own, though, cutting the deficit to four points, 35-31, with 3:20 remaining. The Herd took charge once again at that point, taking its advantage back up to ten points before settling for a 41-33 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Highlanders continued to stay within striking distance. They would get within a possession, 53-50, for the first time since early in the first half. A bucket by Jewell Kinlaw brought Radford within three. Rashedah Henriques struck right back with a trey to extend the lead back to six, 56-50.
Radford's defense held Marshall to just three points over an eight-minute span and continued to fight back. With 8:13 remaining in the game, Ashley Buckhannon knocked down a three to give Radford its first lead of the game, 56-55.
With RU hanging on to a 59-58 lead, Mystee Dale scored consecutive buckets to give put MU back on top, 62-60. That would be the final lead change of the game as Marshall would extend its advantage to six before finishing off the 70-66 victory.
For Radford, Kymesha Alson led all players with 23 points, including an 11-of-14 performance from the charity stripe. Jewell, along with Kaylyn Crosier scored 12 apiece.
Adrian Randall continued her recent hot streak, scoring eight points while grabbing eight boards. Another freshman, Erica Woods, scored eight points while tallying five steals.
The Conference USA opener is up next for Marshall as it will travel to East Carolina to face the Pirates on Monday evening at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by CBS College Sports. ECU leads the league with a record of 11-2.
Next weekend, the Herd will return home to face UCF on Friday before taking on Southern Miss on Sunday, January 10. The game against the Golden Eagles will be broadcasted by ESPN2 and will be the annual Jam the Cam game. Tickets for that game are $1 and additional promotions will be announced at the beginning of next week.