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Weaver leads MU women past Presbyterian, 59-51

Dec. 01, 2012 @ 11:21 PM

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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