March 3, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- Marshall women’s basketball used double-digit points from four players to grab a 70-57 win to take the season sweep against Southern Miss (10-19, 5-11 C-USA) on Thursday night in the Cam Henderson Center for the Herd’s regular season finale.
Lateidra Elliott led the way with a career-high 21 points to go along with 10 assists for her second career double-double. Tynikki Crook chipped in 15 points on seven-of-13 shooting in her final game at the Cam Henderson Center.
“We are excited to have the offensive basketball game that we had on Tynikki Crook night,” head coach Royce Chadwick said. “I am very happy for Tynikki to close out her Henderson Center career on a positive note. Nobody deserves it more than she does. Her team rallied around her tonight.”
Marshall (9-20, 5-11 C-USA) relinquished the lead for only the third time on the night at 32-31, with 16:44 remaining in the contest, before using a 15-2 run during a 4:39 stretch to gain a 46-34 advantage. Four different players scored during the span, including back-to-back three point baskets by Elliott and Dorina Barrett. The pair combined for 27 points in the second half, on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor and 12-of-15 from the free throw line.
The Golden Eagles inched its way back within six with 2:33 to go but a long inbounds pass from Veronica Ruiz to Barrett would setup Barrett’s 13th point of the contest and help to extend the lead. MU connected on eight of its last ten free throws during the final two minutes to hang on for the victory.
Tanesha Washington led all Southern Miss scorers with 17 points, while teammate Niesha Pierce poured in a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Jamierra Faulkner chipped in 16 points.
Barrett came off the bench to play all 20 minutes of the second half and finish with 13 points. Rashedah Henriques added 10 points, while Ruiz pulled down 13 boards to go along with nine points.
The Thundering Herd travels to El Paso for the Conference USA Tournament set to get underway on Wednesday, March 9. UTEP’s campus will play host to both the men’s and women’s tournament this season. Matchups will be announced following the Tulane, Houston game on Saturday afternoon.
“We are very excited to have the win to build some momentum going into El Paso. We had three or four girls play their best games of the year tonight. It’s March and they played like it tonight,” said Chadwick.