Southern Miss will pressure Marshall women
HUNTINGTON — Pressure situations should be nothing new to the Marshall University women’s basketball team after the Thundering Herd’s 90-88 triple-overtime win Thursday against Louisiana Tech.
However, Southern Miss is going to make sure the Thundering Herd feels pressure from tip-off to final buzzer when the teams meet at 1 p.m. Saturday in Cam Henderson Center.
Southern Miss (10-10, 2-5 Conference USA) will use full-court pressure and force Marshall (11-8, 5-1) to take care of the basketball. That pressure defense is what allowed the Golden Eagles to earn a 69-56 road win Thursday at Western Kentucky where the Hilltoppers were previously undefeated in conference play.
While the Southern Miss pressure didn’t necessarily force Western Kentucky into turnovers, it did speed the Hilltoppers up enough to affect their shooting. Western Kentucky hit
just 32 percent of its shots and was 2-for-19 from 3-point range.
The Golden Eagles also used a 14-0 scoring run between the first and second quarters to take a lead that they didn’t relinquish.
Respect Leapheart of the Golden Eagles finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds against Western Kentucky while Kelsey Jones added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Marshall’s win over Louisiana Tech showed the Herd can struggle at times with both pressure and rebounding.
The Herd started out strong, jumping to a 12-point lead, but once the Lady Techsters went to a full-court press in the second quarter, Marshall committed nine turnovers and had just three field goals.
Louisiana Tech also outrebounded the Herd, 49-38, for the game.
Still, Marshall has found ways to make plays down the stretch of games - especially at home where three conference wins were tight battles that required execution down the stretch.
For the Herd, it is all about experience.
Leading scorer Shayna Gore, a senior guard averaging 18.9 per game, is coming off a 30-point night against Louisiana Tech while senior guard Taylor Porter (11.8) chipped in 22 and junior post player Khadaijia Brooks (9.0) scored 19 despite having to wear a protective mask because of an injury.
S. MISS (10-10, 2-5) AT MARSHALL (11-8, 5-1)
WHEN: 1 p.m., Saturday
WHERE: Cam Henderson Center
RADIO: WMUL 88.1-FM
TICKETS: Adults $5, Children $3