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MU women fall to Jackson State

Dec. 01, 2012 @ 12:10 AM

RICHMOND, Ky. — Jackson State forward Tiffany Kellum scored 25 and grabbed 10 rebounds Friday in a 67-63 victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd in the Comfort Suites Invitational women's basketball tournament.

Kellum also had four assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

"I talked in the locker room about toughness," Marshall head coach Matt Daniel said,. "Not just physical, it's mental and emotional toughness. The ability to be able to handle pressure against an opponent. She (Kellum) was tougher than anyone we had tonight."

Tournament host Eastern Kentucky beat Presbyterian in the second game at McBrayer Arena, 61-43.

Marshall (3-3) and the Presbyterian Blue Hose (4-4) play for third place at 2 p.m., Saturday. Eastern Kentucky (4-3) and Jackson State (2-4) play for the championship at 4:30 p.m.

Shay Weaver led the Thundering Herd with 17 points on 5-for-11 shooting performance on 3-pointers.

Orlandria Williams and Veronica Ruiz both followed with nine points. Ruiz had six rebounds.

"We're not a type of team that will slice and dice you right now because we don't have great execution," said Daniel, the first-year Marshall coach. "So we better win off of toughness plays and they were tougher than us at every position.

"Mentally, emotionally, physically -- we've got to get that changed."

Kellum poured in 17 first-half points when the Tigers assumed a 37-30 advantage. Also, Marshall had 13 of its 22 turnovers in the opening period.

Marshall got within 43-40 early in the second half when two steals by Suporia Dickens led to Weaver 3-pointers.

The Tigers from the Southwestern Athletic Conference stretched their lead to 10 midway into the second half.

Marshall pressured the Tigers into a turnover with 29 seconds remaining and a Williams 3-pointer put the Herd as close as 65-63 with 13 seconds to go. Kellum was fouled and made a pair of free throws with nine seconds on the clock.

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