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.
Lady Lions fall short against IUP
FAIRMONT — The Concord University women’s basketball season got off to a rough start Friday afternoon as the Mountain Lions lost their first game of the year, 72-44 to Indiana (Pa.) at the WVIAC-PSAC Challenge in Fairmont.
Concord was led in defeat by Andrea Bertrand, who scored a team-high nine points and matched a career-high with five steals. Stephanie Wagner chipped in eight points and passed out a game-best four assists.
Sammi Webster came off the bench to record game-highs of seven rebounds and one block in addition to scoring six points. The seven rebounds were a career-best for Webster. Jacqueline Kestner and Rachel Artrip added five points each to the CU cause with Artrip also tallying two steals.
Concord concludes its opening weekend in the WVIAC-PSAC Challenge against Clarion 1:00 today.
Old Dominion takes Virginia Tech to the rack
BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team fell to Old Dominion 55-35 on Friday afternoon in the season opener for both teams.
“We’re extremely disappointed,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. “I thought we were capable of playing better than we did on offense. When you shoot 25 percent you’re not going to give yourself a chance to win. I think defensively we had pretty good effort, they only got 55 points while shooting 33 percent. Our problems were on the offensive end.”
Porschia Hadley and freshman Lauren Evans led the Hokies (0-1) with eight points each. Monet Tellier pulled down nine rebounds for Tech. Evans also grabbed a pair of steals. Alyssa Fenyn handed out three assists while scoring six points and pulling down five boards.
Jackie Cook led a trio of Lady Monarchs (1-0) in double figures with 17 points. She also pulled down nine rebounds. Shae Kelley tallied 14 points and nine boards while Mairi Buchan posted 10 points.
Both teams got off to a slow start and were tied at nine after 10 minutes of play. The Hokies held an 11-10 advantage at the 5:54 mark, but the Lady Monarchs closed out the half with an 11-2 run to take a 21-13 lead in to the break.
Coming out of the break the Hokies got the deficit down to six (21-15) off a Hadley jumper, but ODU extended their lead to 10, going up 28-18 with 16:25 on the clock. Tech again cut it down to single digits at 16:05 with a jumper from freshman Taijah Campbell. The Lady Monarchs answered with a 17-6 run to go up 45-26 with 7:39 to play. Tech was unable to overcome the difference as ODU rolled to the win.
Tech shot 25 percent (14-of-56) from the field while ODU hit 35.2 percent (19-of-54). The Lady Monarchs went 6-of-18 from outside the arc, shooting 33.3 percent with the Hokies going 0-of-12. Old Dominion pulled down 47 rebounds to Tech’s 37. Both teams had 16 turnovers.
Virginia Tech will be back on the court on Wednesday, Nov. 14 when the Hokies host Appalachian State in a 7 p.m. game at Cassell Coliseum.