Southern Miss Downs Marshall, 70-61
Hamilton, Pearson record career-highs
HATTIESBURG, Ms. - Jayla King had a double-double effort of 15 points and 10 rebounds to go with a team-high five assists and three blocks to lead host Southern Miss to a 70-61 win over visiting Marshall Sunday afternoon at Reed Green Coliseum.
The Golden Eagles improved to 13-9 overall and 5-4 in Conference USA with the victory, while the Thundering Herd dropped to 7-15 and 1-8 in the league.
King led five players in double figures as Respect Leaphart and Allie Kennedy had 12 apiece and Alarie Mayze and Megan Brown had 10, respectively. Kennedy also had three steals.
Marshall was led by Shayna Gore's 16 points, while Talequia Hamilton and Taylor Pearson had 10 points each. Hamilton also posted a career-high six assists and Pearson had a career-high eight rebounds. Tana Driver recorded three steals.
The Golden Eagles won the rebounding battle 40-25 and pulled away late as they made 88.9 percent (15-for-17) of their free throws.
Marshall was in the game the entire way and trailed by just one (52-51) after Kristen Mayo made a layup with 7:06 left in the game. Southern Miss responded with a 10-1 run over the game's next three minutes, 40 seconds to go up by 11 on a Mayze jumper.
"We faced their pressure and just didn't execute as well as we needed to down the stretch," said Marshall head coach Tony Kemper. "I thought Taylor Pearson had a good game today and she's definitely getting better. She jetted into the post and made some plays for us."
The Thundering Herd will face UTSA at 5 p.m. in the Cam Henderson Center on Thursday in what will be the first of a three-game homestand.