HUNTINGTON — A career-high 19 points from Shay Weaver led Marshall women’s basketball as it edged out Radford, 65-63 in the season-opener from the Cam Henderson Center.
In front of a boisterous 2,714, which consisted mainly of area school children for Marshall’s annual “Field Trip Day”, the Thundering Herd survived an end-of-game rally from the Highlanders to pick up the win and open up the Matt Daniel era 1-0.
“We’ll take them any way that we can get them,” coach Daniel in response to his first win with the Herd.
“I am ecstatic to be a part of a program that’s now no longer .500 forever. We are now 1-0.”
The Herd shot 46.0 percent from the field compared to Radford’s 39.3 percent. Marshall was 6-for-15 from beyond the arc while Radford struggled with a 5-for-17 effort.
“Radford is very experienced, but I could tell that our team needed to win that game,” said Daniel.
“We didn’t need to come up short on the scoreboard and we were fortunate enough to be able to do so.”
Marshall would lead the whole first half, thanks in part to a 15-5 run to open the game. The Herd continued to control the game until the 9:48 mark when the Highlanders embarked on a 10-3 run.
Radford held the Herd without a point for over four minutes while they trimmed the lead to one, 22-21. Weaver’s three point basket, one of four for her on the day, stopped the opposition’s run at 5:35.
The Herd was able to make good on its free throws in the first half’s final 2:06 as they collected five points from line and closed out the half with an 8-0 run. Marshall entered the locker room 39-27 and had its largest lead of the game at 12.
Ayana Avery had 18 points off the bench to lead the Highlanders. Da’Na Erwinspencer also had double-digit points as she tossed in 14. Tabb had a game high nine rebounds.
Freshman Norrisha Victrum started for Daniel’s squad and led her team with four assists while scoring five points.
Marshall’s will make its first road trip of the year on Monday as it travels to Indiana State for a 7:05 p.m. tip.
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