Jan. 2, 2011
RUSTON, La. - Southern Miss women's basketball team opened 2011 year with an 83-61 loss at Louisiana Tech Sunday afternoon and fell to 5-8 overall.
Tanesha Washington and Rachel Vigers led Southern Miss with 15 points each while Jamierra Faulkner chipped in 13. Vigers scored all 15 of her points in the second half. Louisiana Tech improved to 8-5 as Adrienne Johnson scored a game-high 34 points for the Lady Techsters.
Louisiana Tech scored the first six points to start the game before Brittany Johnson hit a three-pointer to cut the lead in half. Tech pushed its lead to 13-5 after Adrienne Johnson scored five of Tech's seven points. The Lady Eagles chipped away at the lead, using an 8-2 run and trailed 15-13. Johnson then ignited a 15-6 run that pushed the Techsters' lead to double digits, 30-19. Washington and Brittany Johnson combined for the next six points for the Lady Eagles, cutting the lead to five, 30-25. Tech ended the half with a 5-0 run and led 35-25 at the half.
Southern Miss scored the first two points to start the second half, getting the margin to single digits. Over the next two minutes, Tech outscored the Lady Eagles, 9-4, in running the lead to 44-31. From there, the teams traded baskets before Tech used a 15-7 run in pushing the lead over 20 points. Two free throws by Faulkner got the lead to 19, but Tech answered with seven straight points in taking its largest lead for the game at 75-49 with 3:40 remaining. Southern Miss outscored Tech, 12-8, over the final 3:36.
Southern Miss returns home to open Conference USA play against UAB on Jan. 6, with a 7 p.m., tip.