Lady Eagles cull Herd, 64-52

USM shoots 58.7 percent, hands Marshall just 2nd C-USA loss

Lady Eagles cull Herd, 64-52

HUNTINGTON, WVA (WDAM) _ Senior wing Megan Brown scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds Saturday afternoon to lead the University of Southern Mississippi to a 64-52 road victory at Marshall University.

The Lady Eagles (11-10, 3-5 Conference USA) shot a blistering 58.7 percent from the floor to sweep one of the more difficult road swings in the conference.

Thursday night, USM handed Western Kentucky University its first C-USA loss, taking a 69-56 victory against the Lady Toppers.

Saturday, the Lady Eagles snapped Marshall’s three-game winning streak, handing the Herd (11-9, 5-2) its first C-USA home loss of the season at Cam Henderson Center.

After taking the lead in the first quarter, USM never trailed. Up six in the third quarter, the Lady Eagles hit a 7-0 spurt that gave them a double-digit cushion they rode down the stretch.

Marshall struggled with its shooting touch, hitting just 35.3 percent from the field, including a 7-for-29 effort from 3-point range.

USM junior point guard Shonte Hailes scored 12 points and handed out five assists while committing just one turnover. Brown also added five assists and came up with a pair of steals.

Junior wing Alarie Mayze had 10 points, three rebounds and three assists for USM. Junior forward Respect Leaphart came off the bench for 13 and five rebounds while reserve freshman center Kelsey Jones chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds.

Marshall got 11 points from senior wing Shayna Gore and 10 points from senior forward Taylor Pearson.

USM will return to Reed Green Coliseum at 6 p.m. Thursday to welcome Florida International University.

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