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Marshall women routed by Tulsa

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

TULSA, Okla. -- Tulsa came out of the gate fast and rolled to a 67-49 win over Marshall in Conference USA women's basketball on Thursday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

The Hurricane (6-10, 1-2 C-USA) shot a blistering 62.5 percent from three-point land, while holding the Thundering Herd (6-10, 0-3 C-USA) to a 20-perecent clip. Tulsa shot a season-high 51.1 percent from the field, and outrebounded the Thundering Herd 41-25.

"We talked at length after the Rice game that we absolutely have to shoot over 40-percent to be successful," Golden Hurricne coach Matilda Mossman said. "I'm very pleased with the way that we shot the ball and we rebounded the ball. I will take the win. We will run with that as far as it will take us."

Freshman Kelsee Grovey paced Tulsa with a career-high 20 points. She had four baskets from behind the arc. Taleya Mayberry added 18 points, tied a career-high with seven steals and added a season-high eight assists.

Shay Weaver led Marshall with 12 points. Suporia Dickens added 11 and Ezeigbo 10 for the Thundering Herd, which has lost five straight.

The Hurricane stretched their lead to 41-19 at the start of the second half, but the Herd went on a 16-2 run to cut the deficit to 43-35 with 13:35 to play. Marshall would get no closer. Mayberry hit a three-pointer with 10:56 left to extend the lead to 52-41 and the lead remained in double figures the rest of the way.

Marshall, which had won the last five meetings in the series, leads the all-time series, 5-3.

Marshall's next game is Sunday at home against Houston. Tipoff is noon at Cam Henderson Center.

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