HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss outscored Marshall 26-12 over the final 5:08 to overcome a seven-point deficit to defeat the Thundering Herd 80-73 in Conference USA action Wednesday night.
Southern Miss improved to 18-5 overall and 7-3 in league play while Marshall dropped to 8-15 and 1-9.
Jamierra Faulkner led all scorers with a game high 25 points to with three rebounds, three assists and six steals. The six steals moved Faulkner into second all-time in Conference USA and Southern Miss. Kierra Jordan came off the bench to score 16 points while Tamara Jones and Ashley Folsom added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Markia Nix led the team with eight rebounds.
Southern Miss trailed Marshall 61-54 before Jordan started the run hitting one-of-two from the line. Jordan went to the line again and connected on another free throw before Marshall added a free throw for the 62-56 lead. Faulkner hit a deep three to cut the lead in half. Marshall answered with a basket to keep the margin at four points. The Lady Eagles then scored six unanswered points as Jordan made a pair of free throws before Faulkner came up with a steal underneath the Eagles' basket and was fouled on the shot. Faulkner connected on both before getting another steal and hitting a layup to give the home team the lead with 2:37 remaining. Marshall's Leah Scott hit a pair of free throws before Jordan converted a three-point play before Jones hit a baseline jumper for the 73-68 lead. Faulkner added two more free throws in pushing the lead to 75-68.
Marshall cut the lead to four with 22 seconds remaining, but Jones and Nix combined for three-of-four from the line to seal the win.
Southern Miss led by as many as 11 in the first half but Marshall used a 13-4 run to cut the lead to 18-16. The Lady Eagles quickly ran the score to 30-21 with just over four minutes remaining before the half. The Herd countered with a 12-7 run to get within four before the half at 35-31.
Marshall placed four players in double figures led by Leah Scott with 16 points followed by Norrisha Victrum with 14, Chukwuka Ezeigbo and Chelsey Romero added 12 points each. Romero also led the Herd with seven rebounds.
Marshall held the rebounding edge, 40-38, but the Lady Eagles scored 23 points off 28 Marshall turnovers.
Southern Miss returns to the court on Saturday when the Lady Eagles host Tulsa at 4 p.m. in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis Quotes:
"Marshall is a very athletic team and if they hit shots, they can be a very tough team to beat. You have to give them a tremendous amount of credit because they made shots. They were able to pick apart our defense no matter which one we were in."
"It's like what Coach (Donnie) Tyndall said, sometimes I agree that it's better to be lucky than good. When you look at the stat sheet, it's the most turnovers we've had this year. Our decision making was not very good."
"When we faced some adversity midway through the first half and the second half we didn't respond, but when it counted we responded."
"You have to say hats off the Marshall because it shows how balanced our league is. They had players who stepped up and made some big plays."
"We stepped up in the final four minutes of the game and made plays and made free throws when we needed to get a win."
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