First Place Marshall Women Drop Into Hattiesburg for Sunday Matchup with Southern Miss|
Jan. 21, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Marshall women's basketball team will put its perfect Conference USA record on the line on Sunday when it faces the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Reed Green Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. EST.
The Thundering Herd (10-5, 5-0 C-USA) is coming off a 17-point win on Friday at UCF to win its first five conference games since the 1988-89 season (Southern Conference). Crystal Champion and Sikeetha Shepard-Hall provided enough second-half offense to overcome a five-point halftime deficit and lead MU to its fifth straight win.
The Herd's 53 second-half points is a season-high and its first 50-point half since Jan. 18, 2005, when it scored 50 points in the second stanza of an 88-87 win over visiting Ohio.
Shepard-Hall sank three 3-pointers at UCF and is one trey shy of tying Natal Rosko (1994-98) for the school record of 136 career trifectas.
Southern Miss (7-10, 4-2 C-USA) won its third straight game with a 63-56 win over visiting East Carolina on Friday. Ashley Boehnel and Amber Eugene were the Golden Eagles' double-digit scorers with 17 and 18 points, respectively. After allowing the Pirates to shoot over 50 percent from the floor in the first half, Southern Miss held ECU to a 27.6 percent clip after halftime and forced 20 turnovers in the game.
With no seniors on its roster, Southern Miss relies heavily on its talented freshman class. Head coach Joye Lee-McNelis' top four scorers are all in their first year of collegiate basketball - and all average double digits in points - paced by guard Kendra Reed's 14.7 per game. Amber Eugene, the reigning Conference USA Co-Player of the Week, is another freshman guard in double-digits (10.2) while leading USM in rebounding at 6.8 boards per game.
Southern Miss, like Marshall, dealt UCF a double-digit loss in Orlando, upending the Golden Knights 61-50 on New Year's Eve.
Sunday's game will mark the first ever meeting between the two schools.
The Marshall-USM game can be heard live on Marshall's student station, WMUL 88.1-FM, which will also utilize a web broadcast at www.marshall.edu/wmul.