MU Women’s Basketball signs two


HUNTINGTON – Marshall Women’s Basketball has added 6-foot guard Tyasia Moore and 6-foot forward Ekaterina “Kate” Zhiberava to its program, head coach Tony Kemper announced Thursday evening, appearing on the First Sentry Bank Sportsline on ESPN Huntington 94.1 FM and AM 930 (streaming at

Moore, a Forestville, Md. Native, averaged 16.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 5.0 steals per game as a junior at Forestville Military Academy, helping the school win a state title and securing conference MVP, all-state and all-district honors along the way. As a senior, she led Forestville to its second-straight title and a 24-2 record, while upping her steals to 5.5 per game and adding 1.8 blocks to her stellar all-around game.

“Tyasia is a very talented, versatile player who dominated in one of the nation’s great areas for high school girls basketball,” said Kemper. “She was the area player of the year and led her team to two state championships. Her ability and energy for the game will be huge assets to our program.”

Zhiberava, who will have two years of eligibility, comes to Huntington from New Mexico Junior College. The Liski, Russia native helped the Thunderbirds achieve a 21-7 record in 2016-17 and averaged 6.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 77 percent from the free throw line.

“Kate is a winner,” Kemper said. “She competed for one of the best junior college programs in the country and made a tremendous impact for the program on and off the floor. She has the ability to score around the rim and stretch the defense to the 3-point line. Her positive energy will help lead our program from the moment she gets here.”

The program boasts the 34th-ranked recruiting class nationally after ranking 52nd in 2015.

About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).

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