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Marshall University's Womens basketball team plays Southern Miss at the Cam Henderson Center Thursday, Jan. 29.

Marshall University's Womens basketball team plays Southern Miss at the Cam Henderson Center Thursday, Jan. 29.

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Marshall University's Womens basketball team plays Southern Miss at the Cam Henderson Center Thursday, Jan. 29.

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Forward Tequila Hamilton scored the go-ahead layup with 44 seconds remaining, and the Marshall University women’s basketball team preserved a 64-61 victory Saturday on the road against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The victory moved the Herd’s record to 14-6 overall with a 4-5 conference mark, while the Blazers fell to 10-10 overall and 3-6 on the conference.

While Hamilton scored the go-ahead field goal, senior forward Leah Scott had done the majority of the team’s scoring to that point. Scott tied a career-high with 26 points on 6-12 shooting to go with eight rebounds and three assists. Scott also converted 13 of her 16 free throw attempts, including a pair with 12 seconds left to increase the Herd lead to three.

Scott’s senior running mate point guard Norrisha Victrum finished with nine points, six assists and three rebounds while playing 39 of the game’s 40 possible minutes.

Freshman reserve guard Logan Fraley also scored nine points, knocking down 3-5 from 3-point range, and also added three rebounds and two assists.

For the game, the Herd shot 39.2 percent as a team, but nailed 8-19 from 3 for a 42.1 percent clip against the conference’s top-ranked 3-point defense based on shooting percentage.

Aside from its success from beyond the arc, Marshall also managed to counter UAB in the rebounding department despite the Blazers sitting atop the conference in rebounding margin. The Herd grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and 34 overall compared to UAB’s nine and 33, respectively.

After the team’s loss to Middle Tennessee State University Thursday, Marshall head coach Matt Daniel said he was pleased with how his team responded to split the team’s two-game road trip.

“Today was a hard-fought team win in a place (at UAB) that has only seen two teams get it done—Western Kentucky on Thursday and us today,” Daniel said. “I’m very proud of our group and the teammates we were the last two days. We are growing every possession. Our growth is sometimes about basketball, but more often than not, it has nothing to with basketball at all.”

The Herd will return to Huntington for a pair of matchups this week, playing the University of Texas at El Paso Thursday and the University of Texas at San Antonio Saturday.

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