ONLY ONE player from the state of West Virginia made it on the floor during the women's game Saturday in the annual contest between the state's two Division I programs.
Marshall freshman guard and former Princeton High School star McKenzie Akers did not score against WVU, but did play 14 minutes.
"It was awesome," Akers said. "I was thankful for the opportunity and it was a really fun game. It was awesome to be able to play out there. West Virginia is a really, really good team this year. They're definitely going to make it far in the tournament, I think."
Akers, the Class AAA All-State first team captain in 2012-2013, was making her return to the Charleston Civic Center after leading Princeton to the State Tournament quarterfinals as a senior. The Tigers lost 77-67 to eventual runner-up Logan, making Akers' return bittersweet.
"It didn't turn out too good," she said. "I was trying to redeem myself to come back here. It brought back bad memories but also good memories. It was awesome to get to play out here today."
MARSHALL WAS without junior center Chukwuka Ezeigbo, who missed the game to go to Nigeria after her father died late last week.
Ezeigbo was averaging 7.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game for the Thundering Herd.
"She's with her family in Nigeria," Daniel said. "Her father passed away and they have a culture over there where we're going to be without her for about 17 days. Today was the first game without her and yesterday was our first game without her."
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