Jan. 20, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 62-57 win over UCF on Sunday in Conference USA action.
The win marked the 350th career win for Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis. The win also was the first time since 2008 that Southern Miss defeated UCF in Orlando. The Lady Eagles improved to 10-7 overall and 2-2 in league play while UCF dropped to 6-11 and 0-3.
"The win down here is huge when you haven't done it since 2008 when they (UCF) hosted the conference tournament," Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "Was it easy? No, it was not easy at all.
"I thought Jamierra Faulkner's leadership was very solid today. Offensively, I thought she took good shots. When she watched film I thought she took that and applied that and I say hats off her. Overall, I thought her play was very solid. Tanecka Carey gave us some much needed offense in the second half."
"Nitesha Pierce gave us another solid performance," McNelis said. "Defensively, I thought our zone defense was affective. I thought we rebounded better out of one zone than we did the other. The only thing I was disappointed that we had opportunities to get transition baskets and we didn't. It's truly the first game that we had to win out of our half court offense."
Southern Miss took the early 6-2 lead before UCF battled back to take a one-point advantage when Gevenia Carter hit a three and Stephanie Taylor followed with a layup. From there, Faulkner ignited an 8-2 run that pushed the Lady Eagles to a 14-9 lead. UCF came right back and cut the lead 18-17 before USM Faulkner scored five the next six points to push the Eagles' lead to 24-19 and led 28-21 at the half.
The Lady Eagles opened the second half pushing the lead to 10 before UCF fought back to get within four, 35-31, with 15:34. Wendy Miller kicked started a 7-0 with a basket underneath followed by a three and a pair of free throws from Carey. Faulkner followed with another three to give the Lady Eagles a 52-40 lead with 7:13 to go in the game.
UCF cut the lead to with 53-57 using a 7-1 run. The teams traded baskets until Faulkner and Carey made 5-of-6 free throws to push the lead to double figures, 60-49 with 1:42 remaining. UCF's Brihanna Jackson connected to a pair of three-pointers in the final 36 seconds including one as time expired in cutting the lead to five.
Jackson netted a team-high 21 points while Kayli Keough came off the bench for 10 points and Erika Jones collected a game-high 14 rebounds.
Southern Miss remains on the road when the Lady Eagles travel to Houston on Jan. 24. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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