""We played good in spurts, tentatively in other spurts," summed up coach Royce Chadwick. "When we are the aggressor, we are a lot better."
"Double digit victories are hard to come by, but we got one, so we're happy."
Marshall set the tone early in the game, running out to a 25-8 lead with 8:40 remaining in the first half behind the sharp shooting of Cassie Hackworth. American University chipped away toward the end of the first half, and cut the lead to ten at 37-27 by halftime. Hackworth had 12 points to lead the Marshall scoring.
The first five minutes of the second half saw Marshall extend the lead back out to 18 points, as guard Christina Harbin pushed the ball upcourt to find a wide-open Amy Reed on consecutive possessions.
Cassie Hackworth made this steal early in the first half against American University.
"At halftime, coach really talked about running our halfcourt offense and getting the ball inside," said Reed. "As long as she (Harbin) kept pushing it up, I was wide open."
Catie Knable's free throws at the 8:04 mark extended Marshall's lead out to its highest mark -29 points- at 68-39. And again, American chipped away at the Marshall lead just as they did in the first half.
"Amy Reed made it easy for me," said Christina Harbin. "She just sprinted down the court, got position and called for the ball. No problem."
"The whole night to me was a broken record," summed up Chadwick. "We got back on our heels and they (American) looked good. We got up on our toes and attacked them, and we looked good. That was the way it went all night long."
Marshall shot 47% for the game (25-of-53), led by Reed's 20 points and Hackworth's 20. Harbin dished out 12 assists on the night for the Herd.
American University shot just 34% (21-of-62), and were led by Chanel Hunt's 11 points, their only player in double figures.
Marshall is now 1-0 for the season, and advances to the championship game of the Fifth Third Tournament on Saturday night, taking on the Georgia Southern Eagles at the Henderson Center at 8pm. Georgia Southern defeated Florida Atlantic University, 75-57, earlier on Friday.