Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 13, 2013

Bragg's treys lead Tulane comeback at Marshall

Wire report
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

HUNTINGTON — Danielle Blagg sank seven three-pointers in the second half as the preseason favorites in Conference USA women’s basketball, Tulane, defeated Marshall 67-57 at the Cam Henderson Center on Sunday.

Blagg, who took 13 of her 15 shots from three-point range, had 26 points and two steals for Tulane (12-3, 1-1 CUSA). Olivia Grayson added 13 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Tulane led 22-13 with 6:51 remaining in the first half, but could only manage three made free throws in the stretch before intermission.

Marshall (6-9, 0-2 CUSA) got a layup from Leandra King to go ahead 25-24 with 15 seconds left in the half, and the Herd went into the locker room ahead 26-25.

A three-pointer by Grayson sparked a seven-point run by the Green Wave and Tulane never trailed again. Blagg made four-straight three-pointers to produce a 45-35 lead with 11 minutes left.

“I thought we played our hearts out against a team that was picked to win the league and we were picked last,” Marshall head coach Matt Daniel said on the MU athletics website. “I think given those circumstances, we played really hard for 38 minutes. But I feel like they came out and hit us in the mouth in the second half.”

Marshall was led by Shay Weaver, whose 18 points came from five field goals from behind the three-point arc along with three free throws. Weaver leads CUSA in three-pointers made per game.

Freshman Norrisha Victrum added 16 points after going 6-for-12 from the field and making three three-pointers.

Chukwuka Ezeigbo brought down 13 reboundsShe added seven points. Marshall out-rebounded the second ranked rebounding team in the league 34 to 28.

“We had several breakdowns defensively,” said Daniel in response to Blagg’s effort. “We are working hard and doing the best we can, but we’re a little outmanned.”

“When we have breakdowns, we get beat. But I’m really pleased with our kids’ effort. I thought they kept battling. It’s just unfortunate that we were on that end of it.”