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Home Streak Broken with 68-61 Loss to Southern Miss

Suporia Dickens has a total of 40 points in the past two games played.

Feb. 28, 2013

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Despite winning the past three-straight home games, Marshall women’s basketball was unable to sustain the streak and lost to Southern Miss, 68-61, on Thursday evening in the Cam Henderson Center.

The Thundering Herd dropped to 9-18 (3-11 C-USA) with the loss, while Southern Miss broke a six-game losing streak and improved to 13-14 (5-9 C-USA).

After earning a career-high 21 points in the last game against Rice, Suporia Dickens continued to be Marshall’s biggest offensive threat, putting up 19 points against the Golden Eagles. She went 7-of-10 from the field and made 4-of-5 three-pointers. In the past two games alone, she has accounted for nine total three-pointers.

Shay Weaver followed with 17 points after going 5-of-8 from behind the three-point arc. The count marks the third time this season Weaver has recorded five or more three-pointers. The sophomore guard now totals 66 three-pointers for the year, two shy of Kizzy Hart’s all-time record for most three-pointers by a Marshall player in a season.

Marshall was limited to 27 rebounds in the game, while Southern Miss finished with 34 total, 10 of which came off the offensive boards and allowed the Eagles 14 second chance points.

The Herd committed 19 turnovers, which Southern Miss capitalized on throughout the game. The Eagles turned the 19 Marshall mistakes into 26 points off of turnovers. Southern Miss limited its turnovers to 10 and the Herd could only record five points off of turnovers.

Southern Miss had three players total 57 of its 68 points. Jamierra Faulkner, who ranks as the second-best scorer in the league (18.2 points per game), finished with a game-high 24 points and had seven assists. Jerontay Clemons followed with 20 points, going 10-of-16 from the field, while Tanecka Carey had 13 points which included a team-high three three-pointers.

The Thundering Herd was accurate from the field, finishing the game 23-of-51, recording a 45.1 shooting percentage. Marshall shot 44.4 percent from behind the three-point line, going 12-of-27.

Southern Miss used a full-court press to jump out to an early lead until Chukwuka Ezeigbo helped the Herd steal the lead for the first time (9-8) after four minutes of play. The Eagles then held Marshall scoreless for the next four minutes, taking back the lead with 12 minutes left, 12-10.

Marshall battled back into the game and a three-pointer from Orlandria Williams gave Marshall the lead at 22-20 with 7:25 left. Southern Miss answered with a nine-point run in the closing minutes of the first half and held a 31-29 advantage at halftime.

Dickens used one of her three-pointers to take back the lead in the first minute of the second half and the two teams then flipped the lead back-and-forth four times. Shay Weaver had 11-straight points in the first five minutes of the second half before Southern Miss went on a 15-4 run to take over the lead for the final time. The Eagles did not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game and used 50.0 percent shooting from the field to finish Marshall in the second half, 68-61.

The Thundering Herd will return to the Cam Henderson Center for the final home game of the season Sunday. Marshall will face the UCF Knights on Senior Day at 2 p.m.