HNN Staff

MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Marshall’s Tynikki Crook registered her sixth double-double of the season but it wasn’t enough as Memphis shot 83.3 percent from beyond the arc in the second half behind Nicole Dickson’s career-high 26 points to earn a 74-54 win in its Conference USA season-opener on Thursday night at FedEx Forum. Dickson shot 11-for-14 from the field and four-of-five from three.

Marshall falls to 4-9 on the season, 0-1 in C-USA, while Memphis (12-3) extends its winning streak to nine games with its first conference win of the year.

Marshall continued right where it left off against Elon opening the contest with an 11-3 run. In only her second career start, Tessa Johnson jumpstarted the Herd with a three-pointer on the opening possession. Veronica Ruiz followed with MU’s next five points and an Alaya Mitchell three pointer capped off the Thundering Herd’s run.

Memphis rebounded after shooting one-of-seven from the floor to start the game, making six of its next 13 shots. Marshall’s 14 first half turnovers slowed its momentum and diminished its once 11 point lead down to two points.

The Thundering Herd would maintain an advantage throughout all of the opening stanza, taking a 30-26 lead to the lockeroom, despite Dickson exploding for 12 Tiger first half points, including two-of-three from three point land.

Ramses Lonlack single handedly eliminated the Thundering Herd’s lead, scoring six straight points to start the half and give Memphis its first lead of the contest.

It looked as if the Herd would make a run as an Orlandria Williams three pointer electrified her hometown crowd but Dickson drained yet another three to silence the Herd and keep its lead at three.

Once again Marshall looked to have something going with a three-pointer by Tessa Johnson, her third of the game, but the Tigers were quick to answer with a 7-0 run in less than a minute of play, and never looked back.

The Thundering Herd turned the ball over 27 times on the night, leading to 27 Memphis points on the night.

Lonlack finished the night with 15 points and despite early foul trouble Brittany Carter hit double-digits with 10 points.

Mitchell backed up her career night against Elon, with 12 points of her own to go along with four assists. Crook grabbed 10 of her 15 rebounds on the night in the opening stanza to go along with 15 points.

The Thundering Herd returns to action on Sunday in a nationally televised game against UTEP. CBS College Sports and CSS will air Marshall’s C-USA season-home-opener, set to tipoff at 5 p.m., at the Cam Henderson Center. Sunday marks “Elementary School Pick a Star Day,” all elementary school students and faculty will receive free admission to the game. It also marks “Faith and Family Day,” anyone bringing their worship bulletin can receive one free ticket.

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