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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Huntington native Griffin Dempsey buried a 3-pointer from the right wing with 1.5 seconds left to lift the visiting Charlotte women's basketball team to a 64-61 win over host Marshall Thursday evening in the Henderson Center.

The 49ers improved to 10-7 overall and 3-3 in Conference USA with the victory, while the Thundering Herd dropped to 12-5 and 2-4 in the league.

Dempsey, a sophomore whose only points came on that shot, graduated from St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in Huntington.

Lefty Webster led all scorers with 15 points and five assists, while Kenya Olley had 14 points and three blocks and Alexis Alexander added 14. Olley and Alexander combined to go 13-for-20 from the field. Kira Gordon's 10 rebounds were also a game-high.

Leah Scott fought through foul trouble to lead Marshall with a 14 point-eight rebound effort and Taylor Porter and Norrisha Victrum each added 11 points.

"We have finished well the last two games but have started very slowly in many too," said Marshall head coach Matt Daniel. "We failed to execute early and turned the ball over too often in the first three quarters of this game. However, I liked how our team fought and battled back after a very sluggish first quarter."

The 49ers jumped Marshall early and built a 23-9 lead through one quarter and a 38-22 bulge at the half. The lead grew to as many as 22 (53-31) on a Laia Raventos layup, but the Herd netted nine of the next 13 points to close to within 17 (57-40) by the end of the third quarter.

Marshall staged a furious rally in the fourth quarter, using a 21-4 run to tie the game at 61 on two Talequia Hamilton free throws with five seconds left.

The 49ers called a timeout, taking advantage of a new rule in women's basketball, which allows teams to advance the ball to the 28-foot line to inbound the ball. The 49ers did so and Alexander found Dempsey open for the game-winning shot. Marshall was not able to get off a desperation heave in the time remaining.

The Herd's fourth-quarter rally came with the benefit of a 14-0 edge in points off turnovers and a 10-0 edge at the free throw line for the stanza.

Charlotte held an 18-7 edge in assists for the game. The Thundering Herd came into the game averaging a league-best 14.6 per game.

Marshall is back in action Saturday when Old Dominion visits for a 1 p.m. tip. The Lady Monarchs (7-11, 3-3) dropped a 68-51 decision at Western Kentucky Thursday afternoon.