Well-Rounded Offense Leads to 83-66 Win Over Morehead State

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MOREHEAD, KENTUCKY – Shynisha Johnson combined for 19 points as the Herd recorded their first road win against Morehead State on Wednesday afternoon, beating the Eagles 83-66.


The Herd moved to 2-2 with the victory, while Morehead State dropped to 1-3.


Veronica Ruiz followed Johnson’s 19 point performance with 13 points of her own, while Victoria Wells added 12 points.


Alaya Mitchell led the team from the point-guard position and tallied nine assists during the contest.

Erica Woods led the team in rebounds with seven, while Ruiz followed closely with six.


The first half opened up with Wells stealing the show and posting six of the first eight points to take Marshall to a 10-4 lead.


The Herd continued to roll after Shynisha Johnson came into the game and added eight points, going 2-for-4 from beyond the arc.


During the first half, Marshall scored 18 points off the bench and 20 of their first half points were in the paint.

Marshall went into the locker rooms with a 38-29 lead after shooting 61 percent from the field and going 7-for-7 from the free throw line.


The second half opened up with Rashedah Henriques burying a three-pointer and Ruiz added three points in the opening minutes to extend the lead to 44-34.


Henriques would total eight points in the second half after finishing 5-for-7 from the free throw line in the period and Ruiz would collect seven points in the first ten minutes of the second half to push the lead to 65-48.


The Herd never relinquished the lead throughout the remainder of the game and closed out the contest 83-66.


“We started our older players and they did a really good job starting the game off the right way for us,” added head coach Royce Chadwick after the game. “I thought they did that in the second half too and really set the tone for us.


“When we went to our bench, I thought our bench came in and did some really good things,” continued Chadwick.

“Shynisha Johnson did a great job for us off the bench, as well as Shay Weaver and Leandra King. We had a lot of people come in and make a positive contribution.”


The Marshall bench contributed 40 points to the final score and fourteen different players earned minutes in the game.


Marshall went 3-for-3 from behind the arc in the second half and finished the game with a 66.7 percent average for three-pointers. Johnson led the team in the three-point category after going 4-for-6.


The Herd also finished the game with a 63 percent average from the field and tallied a 73 percent average from the free-throw line after shooting 19-for-26.


The women’s basketball program returns to Cam Henderson for their next match-up against Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday afternoon. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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