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Marshall women fall against Southern Miss

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Marshall's Thundering Herd led by double digits at halftime Thursday, but could not hold off Southern Miss as the Golden Eagles handed the Herd a 48-46 women's basketball loss at Reed Green Coliseum.

It was the Conference USA opener for both teams.

The Herd led by 10 at halftime, but the Southern Miss defense clamped down in the final 20 minutes, forcing Marshall into 13 second-half turnovers.

The Golden Eagles had as many points off turnovers (14) in the second half as Marshall had points.

Marshall (6-8, 0-1) led 36-24 with 17:01 left following a layup by Norrisha Victrum, who finished with a career-high 15 points on a 6-of-9 shooting performance.

However, Southern Miss (9-5, 1-0) followed Victrum's layup off a steal by going on a 20-3 run over the game's next 12 minutes.

The Herd had 11 turnovers during the run and attempted just six field goals in the span.

Shay Weaver hit a pair of 3-pointers during the final stretch as the Herd attempted a comeback, including one with 10 seconds left to cut the deficit to 48-46, but Marshall would not get an attempt at a tie or win as the Golden Eagles hung on for the win.

It was a disappointing finish in the conference opener for Marshall head coach Matt Daniel, who watched his team jump out to a 32-22 lead at halftime.

Southern Miss took a 20-17 lead on a 3-pointer by Tiarra Pollnitz with 5:56 left in the half, but the Herd ended the half on a 15-2 run, capped by a Weaver 3-pointer, to take all the momentum into the locker room.

In her first action off the bench, Weaver finished with 13 points for Marshall (6-8, 0-1 Conference USA) while connecting on four 3-pointers.

Jamierra Faulkner led Southern Miss (9-5, 1-0) with 15 points and eight assists. She was the only player to reach double-figures for the Golden Eagles.

Southern Miss dominated play in the post, outscoring the Herd 30-18 in the paint.

Marshall returns to action at 2 p.m. Sunday when Tulane comes to the Cam Henderson Center. The Green Wave, who was voted the preseason No. 1 pick in Confernece USA, fell to SMU 62-56 on Thursday.

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