Marshall Women Fall To Tulane, 67-64

Despite coming back from a 13-point second-half deficit, Marshall dropped a 67-64 decision to first-place Tulane, which won its 10th straight game, in Conference USA women's basketball action at the Cam Henderson Center on Thursday. Marshall (14-12) trailed 44-31 with 15:41 to play, but used a 60 percent shooting mark from the floor in the second half to rally to a 64-63 edge late in the game.

Modupe Ishola gave Marshall its first lead since early in the first half when forward KaShawna Curry found the center with a nice lob into the post.

Tulane, however, would not allow another Marshall point. After a pair of Green Wave free throws gave TU a one-point lead, the Herd turned the ball over and allowed Ashley Langford a trip to the line. The C-USA assists leader made 1-of-2 free throws for a 66-64 Wave lead.

Herd guard Melody Hudson, in her first career start, attempted a game-tying jumper in the lane with only seconds to go, but it was just off the mark. Hudson fouled to stop the clock with just 0.6 seconds remining and the Green Wave (22-4, 11-2) sealed the win.


Modpue Ishola saved this errant pass in the second half, in front of Tulane's Alendra Brown. photo by Greg Perry/HI staff

Marshall's Kendra King posted her third double-double of the season with a team-high 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. King came off the bench but played 29 minutes, second most on the team. Ishola netted 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks.

Junior forward Meagan Samis retuned to the Herd lineup after missing the previous three games. Playing largely with just one hand due to an injured arm, Samis managed 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting with two assists, a rebound and a steal in 21 minutes.

Tulane's D'Aundra Henry scored a game-high 19 points with six steals. Junior forward Jennifer Sands recorded 10 points while center Alendra Brown grabbed nine rebounds.


KaShawna Curry put up two of her 6 points over Tulane's D'Aundra Henry. photo by Greg Perry/HI staff

Marshall held the league's fourth-leading scorer, senior Jami Montagnino, 12 points under her average with just four points. Montagnino, however, dished out a game-high six assists with five rebounds and two steals.

The Herd shot the ball well all night, coming out with a 43.5 percent mark in the first half to Tulane's 34.3 clip. The Green Wave led in field goals 12-10 in the opening period, but claimed a 6-1 edge in 3-pointers to take a 34-25 lead into halftime.

Marshall guard Meg Withrow played only five minutes of the first half before aggravating an injury. She did not return the rest of the game, but did manage two points, an assist and a steal in limited action.

"I'm very proud of this basketball team," Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said. "We were thin at a few positions tonight, but we had people step up for us.

"We never got our heads down because we made a mistake. We're a better basketball team tonight than we were yesterday. We grew up a little bit today, hopefully we now know what we're capable of."

Herd freshman Alix Barnette played a career-high 21 minutes and split point guard duties with a host of players, including starting forward Curry. Barnette scored six points with a career-high five assists and a pair of rebounds. Curry finished with six points, four rebounds and three assists.

Tulane came into the game with the No. 1 scoring offense, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and scoring defense in C-USA.

The Herd and Green Wave both got even hotter from the floor in the second half. Tulane upped its clip to 42.9 after halftime while MU rose to 60 percent. Neither team hit a 3-pointer in the second half. Marshall went 18-of-30 from the floor to Tulane's 12-for-28 mark.

King converted a pair of three-point plays within three minutes to spark the Marshall comeback. Her second, with 11:44 to go, put Marshall within seven points, 50-43. The Herd then got six field goals from five different players for a 12-7 run to move to within two points, 57-55 with 4:46 to play.

Curry started the scoring run with a jumper followed by a bucket by Samis. Curry, King, Chantelle Handy and Ishola also got in the act.

A Brown jumper put Tulane back up six, but Marshall went on a 7-0 run, starting with just over two minutes left, to take the lead 64-63. Henry went to the line to hit the game-tying and eventual game-winning free throws to put the Green Wave up for good.

Handy went 4-for-5 from the floor for nine points. She hit the Herd's lone 3-pointer in 22 minutes of play. Jill Justice also got the starting nod, her second of the season, and dished out three assists with three rebounds.

Marshall will take on UTEP in its final home game of the season on Saturday on Senior Day. Tip-off between the Herd and Miners is set for 2 p.m.


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