Weaver leads MU women past Presbyterian, 59-51
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Marshall University women's basketball took the lead late in the first half and held it the rest of the way Satuday in a 59-51 victory over Presbyterian in the Comfort Suites Invitational consolation game at McBrayer Arena on the Eastern Kentucky University campus.
Marshall (4-3) was led by Shay Weaver's 19 points and 5-for-6 shooting on 3-point attempts.
Chukwuka Ezeigbo added 14 points and had five rebounds while Supuria Dickens contributed 10 points.
Presbyterian (4-5) was led by Dria David and Karlee Taylor with 17 and 12 points respectively.
Marshall shot 47.7 percent from the field, 80 percent (12-for-15) at the free throw line and won the rebounding battle, 28-23.
Herd players made 10 steals and scored 19 points off turnovers.
Jackson State beat the Herd, 67-63, on Friday.
"We're capable when we are focused and locked in," Marshall coach Matt Daniel said. "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."
Norrisha Victrum's jump shot gave Marshall a 25-23 advantage with 36 seconds left in the first half.
Ezeigbo had 12 of her points after halftime when the Thundering Herd extended the lead to 12 on Weaver's 3-point shot with 8:29 remaining.
Presbyterian whittled the deficit to 48-46 with 5:34 left and the Herd scored the next nine to go ahead, 57-46, inside the final minute.
Marshall's decisive run included six points by Ezeigbo.
The Herd's next action is the Capital Classic, a 7 p.m., Tuesday, match with No. 25 West Virginia in the Charleston Civic Center. West Virginia (3-2) plays a Sunday game at Virginia.
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