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Herd women fall to short-handed Golden Eagles

Sports Editor

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013 23:02

Despite good shooting, the Thundering Herd women’s basketball team was unable to continue its success at home, falling 68-61 to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles Thursday.

“We just didn’t have it,” Marshall Head Coach Matt Daniel said. “Some nights you don’t have it and we didn’t have it.”

The game was well contested for most of the contest, but the Southern Miss guard duo of freshman Jerontay Clemons and junior Jamierra Faulkner were too much for the Herd. The pair accounted for 44 points, including Clemons’ 10 of 16 performance from the field.

“Clemon’s did it early, Faulkner kind of did it from beginning to end,” Marshall Associate Head Coach Tony Kemper said. “They’ve got jets and we’ve struggled against that kind of guard all year. We’ve got to be able to guard people like that to do the things we want to do.”

The Herd struggled against the half-court press the Golden Eagles put on them, especially when the Golden Eagles trapped Herd ball handlers in the corners.

The loss snapped a three game winning streak for the Herd at the Cam Henderson Center.

“We’ve been playing better, but tonight was not one of our best efforts,” Kemper said. “I think our girls would admit that.”

Turnovers continued to be an issue for the Herd, as the team committed 19 during the game that the Golden Eagles were able to convert into 26 points.

The Golden Eagles played the game with just eight players, with several missing the game due to various reasons.

Early in the game, the Herd tried to push the pace of the game to take advantage of the short-handed Golden Eagles, but the pace slowed as the game progressed.

“We were no more tired than they were,” Daniel said. “They brought eight, they’ve got suspensions, injuries, one player had 24 points on one leg.”

Junior forward Suporia Dickens paced the Herd with 19 points, including a four of five performance from beyond the three-point line.

“I feel like I’ve gotten more confidence,” Dickens said, who set her career high with 21 points in the Herd’s game against SMU.

Sophomore guard Shay Weaver was the only other Marshall player in double digits. Freshman guard Norrisha Victrum contributed five points, five assists and five rebounds, but also gave up five turnovers. The team finished the game with a respectable 45.1 shooting percentage.

The Golden Eagles were led by Faulkner’s 24 points, followed closely by Clemons’ 20. Senior guard Tanecka Carey rounded out the double-digit scorers for Southern Miss with 13 while tying the team high in rebounds with six.

The Herd will try to finish the season strong with its last home game of the season Sunday at 2 p.m.

Will Vance can be contacted at vance162@marshall.edu

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