Feb. 2, 2008
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Pauline Love scored 24 points as the University of Southern Mississippi downed the Marshall University women's basketball team, 77-51 in Conference USA action on Saturday at the Reed Green Coliseum.
Love was one of four Eagles to hit double figures in the win.
Marshall (12-10, 4-4 C-USA) was led by 17 points from Alyssa Hammond while Kizzy Hart finished with 11.
The Eagles (12-9, 3-5 C-USA) scorched the nets, shooting 61.4% for the game, including 4-of-8 from three-point range.
Southern Miss shot 61.9% from the field in the first half en route to a 42-23 halftime lead. The Eagles opened up a 16-5 lead just over five minutes into the game and would see it grow to 21-9. Marshall countered with a 5-0 run thanks to a three by Kizzy Hart and a field goal by Kendra King.
From that point on, the half belonged to the Eagles, who saw their lead grow to as many as 19 on two different occasions. USM had three players in double figures in the first stanza, led by 13 courtesy of Stephanie Helgeson. The Herd shot 29.6% in the opening half and were led by eight points from Hart and Alyssa Hammond. Early foul trouble also played a large role, with Casey Baker being tagged for three and Crook with two only five minutes into the game.
After keeping things close early in the second period, the game got out of reach for the Herd as the Eagles opened up a lead of as many as 32 points, 62-31, before the Herd chipped into it over the final minutes of the contest. Marshall would get to within 22 points before USM would finish the game with a 26-point win.
Hammond and Hart were the only Herd players to finish the game in double figures. Hammond had a solid 5-of-7 day from the field while notching five rebounds. Chantelle Handy and Kendra King also had five boards apiece to lead the team.
King played 23 minutes against the Eagles, just short of her season mark of 24 at Morehead State. She chipped in nine points, including her first three-pointer of the season. Rebecca Bays
also saw significant time, playing a career-high 13 minutes. Bays recorded her first career field goal in the first half.
Love led USM with 24 points while Stephanie Helgeson tallied 17. Amber Eugene and Kendra Reed finished with 13 and ten points, respectively.
Saturday's loss continued Marshall's struggles at Reed Green Coliseum. Last season, the Herd fell 82-44. In 2006, Southern Miss grabbed a 67-63 win.
The Herd will face UTEP on Thursday marking its first home game in almost three weeks. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center. Next Sunday, Marshall will travel to New Orleans to face Tulane before returning home for its final four home games of the season.