Women Fall To .500 With Loss At Tulane Sunday

NEW ORLEANS - Down by 14 points in the second half, Marshall clawed back to within one but it would be too little, too late as Tulane would hit six free throws over the final two minutes to top the Thundering Herd, 61-56, on Sunday at Fogelman Arena on the campus of the Green Wave in New Orleans.The Herd fell to 12-12, 4-6 in Conference USA.

MU found itself down nine points with 3:59 left to play. A three by Alix Barnette and a lay-up by Tynikki Crook cut the lead to two, and two free throws with 1:11 remaining by Meagan Samis cut the lead to one, but Tulane (13-10, 3-7 C-USA) was able to hit its late free throws to take the win. Tulane came out firing, opening up a 7-0 lead and stretched that to 21-12 early. Marshall's defense got on track at that point, holding Tulane without a point for over four minutes and cut the Green Wave lead to seven points.

Back came TU, and it took two baskets by the Herd's Alyssa Hammond in the final two minutes to cut the Tulane's halftime lead to 31-22. Crook hit two free throws to open up the second half, but Marshall would be held without another point until the 15:54 mark. Over that span, the Green Wave would score seven to open up a 14-point lead, its largest of the game.

Down 40-26, the Herd defense held the Green Wave without a point for a stretch of nearly seven minutes. With 6:25 remaining, a three by Samis cut the lead to just four points. Tulane jumped by up by nine points with four minutes left, then a confusing series with two technical fouls were issued. The Herd was able to regroup, and down by 52-43 at that point, Crook hit a lay-up. After a foul on the inbound pass, Kizzy Hart was fouled and connected on both free throw attempts to make it a five-point game. The Wave was back up by three late, but with 1:11 remaining Samis was fouled and hit both free throws to come to within one point.

After TU hit two free throws for a three-point game, Hart cut the lead to one, hitting a lay-up with 34 seconds left. Tulane's Ashley Langford was fouled 16 seconds later and hit her first free throw, but missed the second giving Marshall one last chance. On the ensuing possession, the Herd's bid to send the game to overtime ended when it missed not one, but two open lay-up attempts. Tulane would hit its free throws in the final seconds to escape with the win. Hammond led MU in scoring for the second-straight game with 14 points. Casey Baker finished with 13 points while Hart had ten. Baker was also credited with five steals, four rebounds and four assists, while Crook and Samis led the Herd with five boards each.

After playing five out of its last six games on the road, the Herd will return home for its final four games of the season, beginning with match-ups against UCF on Friday 7 p.m., then Southern Miss at 2 p.m. on Sunday as part of the Marshall 11th Annual Sweetheart Clinic/National Womens and Girls In Sports Day. The game with the Golden Eagles will also be shown on CSTV nationally, and both games will be heard on ESPN 930-AM Huntington and on the MU student stations, WMUL 88.1-FM (marshall.edu/wmul), who carry all games. Marshall will play host to Memphis on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., and UAB on Saturday, Feb. 23rd at 5 p.m., the second game of a double-header that day. The men will face UCF at 2 p.m. to open play that day. Those games are also on ESPN 930-AM.

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