Feb. 23, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss improved its shooting percentage in the second half and outscored Marshall 19-3 on second chance points in defeating Marshall 64-55 Thursday night in Conference USA action.
Southern Miss upped its record to 11-16 overall and 5-9 in league play while Marshall dropped to 15-12 and 6-8.
"I thought our defensive game plan tonight was the key to this win," Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "We wanted to keep Marshall from getting into their offensive flow and our team that for the most part. Late in the game we got a little squirrelly. We continue to make strides. Sedreka Plummer really stepped up her game tonight and do some good things."
Juniors Sedreka Plummer and Tanecka Carey led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 20 and 18 points, respectively. Plummer was one rebound shy of her first career double-double with nine boards. Jamierra Faulkner handed out nine assists. Nitesha Pierce also had nine rebounds.
Marshall placed three players in double figures as Rashedah Henriques, Shay Weaver and Lateidra Elliott all scored 12 points apiece.
The first half was somewhat of a back-and-forth affair that featured three ties and four lead changes in the first 13 minutes of play. With the scored tied at 15-15, Plummer scored the next four of five points to give the Black and Gold 20-15 lead. After Marshall cut the lead to 21-19, USM got a basket from Ance Celmina and a three from Carey to push the lead to 26-19. The Lady Eagles held a 29-20 lead just before Henriques hit a three as time expired to end the half. USM led 29-23 at the break.
Neither shot very well from the floor as the Lady Eagles shot 33.3 percent from the field while the Herd shot 30.8 percent. Plummer provided much of the offensive power as she came up with 13 points. Southern Miss gained the lead by taking advantage of second chance points, scoring 15 in the first half off 14 offensive rebounds.
In the second half, the home team got its running game in gear early as the Lady Eagles led by as many as 18 points in the second half with just under 10 minutes remaining. Marshall then put together a 10-2 run to get the score to 51-41 at the 4:49 mark. USM countered by scoring six unanswered points to push the lead to 56-41.
The Herd came roaring back using a 12-4 run to get the lead to single digits, 61-53 with 55 seconds remaining. The Herd trimmed the lead to seven in the final 22 seconds as the Golden Eagles had trouble converting from the free throw line.
Southern Miss held the rebounding edge, 49-36, including 20 offensive rebounds that led to 19 second chance points and 32 points in the paint. The Lady Eagles struggled from the line, converting only 13-of-25.
Southern Miss will close out its home portion of its schedule on Sunday when the Lady Eagles host UAB at 2 p.m. The lone senior Ewa Urbanowska will be honored in a post-game ceremony.
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