Feb. 3, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team had its two-game winning streak snapped with a 78-56 loss to Tulsa on Sunday in Conference USA action.
The Lady Eagles dropped to 12-9 and 4-4 in league play while Tulsa improved to 8-13 and 3-5.
"Defense has been something that we have lived by and been our strong-hold," Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "Today, we didn't do a good job. We couldn't guard in the post or guard off the bounce. We were not focused today or ready to play. Hats off to Tulsa who showed up and just whipped us."
Tulsa bounced out to the early 6-1 lead. After Tiarra Pollnitz hit a pair of free throws, the two teams began trading baskets for a three-minute span. Tulsa then scored nine unanswered points in taking a 20-9 lead midway through the half. Southern Miss answered with a 6-0 run as Terri Berry hit a layup and Faulkner connected on back-to-back buckets to get within five, 20-15.
Tulsa then added a three-pointer, a free throw and a basket to push the lead to 26-15 with 6:09 remaining in the half. The Lady Eagles were able to chip away at the Tulsa lead and trailed 38-31 at the half.
Tulsa opened the second half scoring the first seven points in pushing the lead to 14 only 2:30 into the half. Faulkner connected a two free throws to cut the lead to 12, 45-33, and that was as close as Southern Miss would get for the rest of the game.
Tulsa outscored Southern Miss 40-25 in the second half on 58.6 percent shooting (17-of-29) from the field. The Golden Hurricane finished the game shooting 42.5 percent including 40 percent (8-of-20) from behind the arch.
Five Tulsa players scored in double figures led by Taleya Mayberry with 17 followed by Kelsee Grovey with 16, Ashley Clark had 13, Mariah Turner and Kadan Brady chipped in 10 points apiece. Tiffani Couisnard pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds.
Tulsa won the battled of the boards, outrebounding Southern Miss 42-34 and scored 14 second chance points. The Tulsa bench also outscored the Lady Eagles, 25-18.
Southern Miss will now travel to UTEP for a Sunday match on Feb. 10 with the tip time set for 3 p.m. (CT).
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