Feb. 23, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Marshall women’s basketball fell to Southern Miss, 63-55, on Thursday evening in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Marshall dropped to 15-12 (6-8 C-USA) with the loss, while Southern Miss improved to 11-16 (5-9 C-USA). The Golden Eagles have now won their last five out of six games.
The Thundering Herd was led by three players with 12 points including Rashedah Henriques, Shay Weaver and Lateidra Elliott.
Henriques went 5-for-10 from the field, while Elliott was flawless from the free throw line at 6-for-6. Weaver had four three pointers in the contest, going 4-for-9 from behind the arc.
Defensively, Marshall had 10 steals and forced USM to turn the ball over 18 times. Leandra King led the defensive effort in the second half, collecting four blocks in the period which tied her career-high in the category.
Southern Miss was led by Sedreka Plummer who was one rebound shy of a double-double with 20 points and nine boards, going 7-for-8 from the field. Tanecka Carey followed with 18 points and accounted for all of the Golden Eagles three-pointers (4).
Marshall was out-rebounded for fifth game in a row, giving up 49 rebounds while only collecting 36. Southern Miss was also able to obtain 20 offensive boards against the Herd.
“I think our kids played hard, but the type of energy we need late in the season was only exerted in the last five minutes of the game,” commented assistant coach Deidra Johnson. “We waited a little bit too late to turn it on.”
Southern Miss forced Marshall to turn the ball over six times in the first nine minutes of the game, helping push the Golden Eagles to a 9-5 lead over the Herd. Fortunately, Southern Miss was inaccurate during the span and only went 4-for-15 from the field to start the game.
Conference USA Freshman of the Week, Shay Weaver
, turned things around for the Herd, coming in off the bench near the eight minute mark and contributed three straight three-pointers to tie the score up at 15-15.
The Golden Eagles responded with a 14-8 run to take a 29-23 lead at halftime.
Marshall struggled in the field for the first stanza, going 5-for-19 for a 26.3 percent average. USM was doing better on the boards, out-rebounding Marshall on the offensive glass 9-7.
Marshall was unable to contain USM in the first 11 minutes of the second half, allowing the Golden Eagles to go 6-for-13 (46.2 %) during the span and making Marshall fall behind 43-31. USM would sustain the lead for the remainder of the game.
Lateidra Elliott capitalized on an and-one play to bring the deficit within eight (61-53) with just over a minute left, but that was the lowest the Herd could bring the Golden Eagle lead to.
Marshall was 11-for-34 (32.4 %) in the field in the second half, while the Golden Eagles shot 12-for-24 for a 50 percent average.
“We always play hard, but we have to get ourselves ready for March,” noted coach Johnson. “We have to go in with an attitude that shows throughout the entire 40 minutes. If we can be on the same page for the entire 40 minute, nobody can beat us.”
Marshall will play its final home game on Sunday against East Carolina. The game will tip-off at 1:00 p.m. ET and will feature Senior Night as well as the “Think Pink” promotion.