Defensive Struggle Ends in a 55-44 Win Over Southern Miss
Marshall continues undefeated trend in Conference USA play
Jan. 11, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Despite trailing at the half against the Golden Eagles, the Marshall women’s basketball team put up 34 points in the second half to take down Southern Miss 55-44 in the Cam Henderson Center on Wednesday night.
Marshall moved to 12-3 (3-0 C-USA), while Southern Miss dropped to 6-10 (0-3 C-USA). The victory gives head coach Royce Chadwick and company a five game win streak and pushes the Herd’s home record to 6-1.
In a tale of two halves, Marshall went into the locker rooms with a four point deficit, but emerged in the second half and outscored the Golden Eagles by 15 points. Marshall improved their field goal percentage from 30.0 percent in the first half to 43.5 percent in the second and nearly doubled their points from the charity stripe in the second period.
“We played good defense in the first half and that kept us in the game,” commented Chadwick after the contest. “We came out in the second half and were able to get our offense cranked up and do some things on the offensive end as well as the defensive end. The second half was one of our best second halves of the year. We did a good job on both ends of the floor.”
Senior guard Lateidra Elliott led the team in points for the third game in a row after finishing with 13, ten of which came in the second half. She was the only Marshall player to finish with double-digits after going 2-for-4 in three-pointers and adding five points from the free throw line.
Marshall showed discipline on the court after only totaling 8 fouls compared to Southern Miss’ 17. The result showed dividends as the Herd totaled 15 points from the free throw line, while the Golden Eagles were held to only seven.
For the 12th time this season, the Herd out-rebounded their opponent after grabbing 39 boards, compared to Southern Miss’ 33. Alyse Poindexter led the effort with eight grabs off the glass.
Marshall opened up the contest trailing the Golden Eagles 10-4. Leandra King hit a jumper with 7:51 left in the half to tie the game for the first time at 14-14. Marshall kept the contest close, but went into the locker rooms at halftime, trailing 25-21.
Marshall recorded six steals in the half, two of which came from Victoria Wells, but a 30.8 percent average from the field and less than 50.0 percent at the free throw line was a catalyst to the halftime trail.
The Herd took over the lead for the first time with 16:17 left in the game after Wells buried a jumper to make the score 29-27.
Marshall extended their lead to 45-37 after Poindexter put in a lay-up and the Herd followed with a 10-2 run. The Herd defense kept focus and closed the game 55-44.
Marshall will stay at home for the next conference match-up against SMU. The game is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET. The game will be available through 88.1 WMUL-FM or online at www.marshall.edu/wmul. The contest will also be offered through live stats and live video, via www.herdzone.com