Jan. 5, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Southern Miss women's basketball team had to rely on tough defense and timely free throw shooting down the stretch in pulling out a 69-59 win over the University of New Orleans on Saturday in the Lakefront Arena.
"You have to give UNO tremendous credit," Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "Their record is not an indication of how hard this team plays."
The Lady Eagles placed four players in double figures led by Jamierra Faulkner and Tanecka Carey with 17 points apiece. Ance Celmina turned in her first career double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Jerontay Clemons added 10 points. Teri Berry also pulled down 10 rebounds.
"This team is beginning to come together," McNelis said. "I thought our post players did a great job today. They were the difference in this game. Now, we have to continue to make strides. We have to get our emotional game under control and get better leadership during those frustration periods. Our defense helped generate some offense for us as well."
Southern Miss (8-5) trailed 40-33 with at the 13:49 mark in the game when the Lady Eagles used an 11-4 run over a span of two minutes to tie the game at 44-all. Celmina started the run on a put back followed by a pair of Faulkner's free throws. Carey then connected on a three-pointer to get the score to 40-42. After a UNO basket, Clemons got free for a layup then followed that with a steal and layup to tie the game at 44-44.
UNO (1-14) added four quick points before Faulkner went the length of the court for a layup. UNO then added a free throw and bucket to push the lead to 51-48. From there, Carey converted on a three-point play just before Clemons added two free throws to tie the game at 51-51. The team traded baskets before Southern Miss put together an 8-0 run to take its first lead in the second half, 61-53. After cutting the led to 61-55, Clemons found a wide open Carey for a big three to push the lead to 64-55 then connected on five of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Southern Miss ran out to an 11-2 lead early to start the game. UNO added a basket before Carey connected on a three to give the Lady Eagles a 14-4 lead. From there, UNO then outscored Southern 15-2 over 4:48 in taking a 21-16 lead. The Lady Eagles were able to pull within two points on four occasions as UNO led 31-27 at the half.
Michel'le Thomas led the Privateers with 14 points followed by Mirjam Sipos and Amber Clay with 12 points each. Sipos also added 10 assists for a double-double. Mathide Fogelstrom led UNO with nine rebounds.
Southern Miss held the rebounding edge, 46-36, and outscored UNO 28-16 in the paint while scoring 20 points off 18 UNO turnovers.
Southern Miss will now turn its attention to Conference USA play as the Lady Eagles open at home against Marshall on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.
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