"That's what it's all about," said Chadwick. "To have an opportunity to play against a great team, and rise to the occasion."
And Marshall did just that against Wake Forest. Despite jumping out to a quick 9-3 lead, Marshall stumbled offensively in the first half, allowing Wake to take a slim 25-22 lead at the end of the half.
If the offense didn't work in the first half, Chadwick figured, then the defense must work in the second half for The Herd to stay in the game. And, that's exactly what happened.
Marshall senior Catie Knable applied pressure to Wake Forest's Liz Strunk in Marshall's 60-49 win on Tuesday night.
"We had a lot of freshmen that certainly did not play like freshmen tonight," Chadwick added. "We never got any offensive flow tonight, but yet we were able to stay in there and grind it out."
The crowd of 4,234 stayed in the game, too. Guard Amy Smith stepped up with a 15 point outing. Senior Catie Knable added a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds (11 of those on the defensive end). And freshman Jameka White arrived on the scene, scoring 11 points.
"I think everyone just stepped up," added senior Catie Knable. "The crowd was unbelievable. This is just the first step of many goals we have for the season. This program's come a long way."
"For us to be at the point where we can win in different ways if very satisfying for us," Chadwick summed up. "The crowd won the game for us. We needed some electricity, and it carried us through a couple defensive possessions. I don't think we'd win this game if we didn't have a full house."
Despite Wake's apparent height advantage, Marshall instead relied upon mixing defensive schemes that kept the Demon Deacons off-guard most of the second half. Wake committed 17 turnovers in the game as a result.
"When you're 5'3" and you go into the 6'3" area, a lot of things change that you won't see in our practices."
Marshall's constant pressing and mixed-up defensive schemes limited just one Wake player -Tonia Brown- to reach double figures in scoring (15 points).
Marshall scored the final 10 points of the game from the free throw line, hitting 23-of-30 in the second half alone.
With the win, the Marshall women advance to a perfect 4-0 start, the first such start since the 1983 season. Next up for The Herd is Morehead State this Friday night at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, at 7pm.
"It's huge for us to beat an ACC opponent," Chadwick smiled.