Herd Suffers 77-61 Loss to Tulane in C-USA Opener

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.VA. – Senior Suporia Dickens (Freeport, Ill.) contributed a season-best performance of 19 points and 10 rebounds for her second career double-double in a 77-61 Marshall loss to Tulane, Thursday evening, at Cam Henderson Center.

With the loss, the Thundering Herd fell to 7-7, 0-1 in the Conference USA opener, while the Green Wave improved to 10-4, 1-0. Tulane silenced Marshall’s two-game win streak, and has won four of its last five outings.

“I think we got fatigued mentally,” coach Matt Daniel said. “I don’t think we responded very well, late. I thought we played hard and competed the first 30 minutes but I didn’t like how we competed for the last minutes. There’s not a person on our roster that we don’t need more from.”

Marshall opened the contest without a field goal until 14:12 remaining in the first half, when a Dickens jumper cut Tulane’s lead to 10-7. The game’s first six minutes saw 10 fouls between the two teams. Dickens went on to score back-to-back field goals, giving the Herd an 11-10 lead at the 12-minute mark. At that point, she had contributed 10 of the Herd’s 11 points. The Green Wave quickly took back its lead, 12-11, and kept rolling to go up by as many as 15 with 6:39 until the break. However, the Herd fought back with a 14-to-2 run over the final five minutes of the half, with eight points contributed by junior Leah Scott (Detroit), to knot the score at 35. Tiffany Dale sunk a jumper with five seconds remaining to give the Green Wave a 37-35 lead at the break.

The Herd tied it up again, 37-37, at the 18:09 out of halftime on a Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) layup, and then a Dickens three-pointer gave Marshall its first and only lead of the second half, 40-37, at 15:50. It could not hold as Tulane’s Danielle Blagg hit a three to even things up at 42-42 a minute later, at 14:46. Marshall would fall behind as the Green Wave went on a 17-to-8 run over 8:24 to lead 59-50 with 6:22 to play. Tulane found a double-digit lead of 11 at 3:28 on another Blagg three-pointer, and finished the game on an 11-to-6 run. Scott converted a layup at the buzzer to end the game at 77-61, with Tulane on top.

Struggles in the paint limited Marshall to 33 rebounds and 26 points, opposite Tulane’s 47 boards and 37 points in the lane. The Green Wave also converted 13 second chance points off 13 offensive rebounds, while Marshall put up only four points off seven offensive boards. Dale ended the game as the Green Wave’s high scorer and rebounder, with 18 and 12, respectively. Besides Dickens, two other Herd players found double digits with Scott’s 19 and Victrum’s 11. Victrum has contributed double-digits in the scoring column in six of Marshall’s last seven outings.

It will be a quick turnaround for the Herd as it hosts UAB, Saturday, at 1 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s basketball, follow @HerdWBB on Twitter.

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