CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Four Lady Eagles scored in double figures with two posting double-doubles as Southern Miss' women's basketball team topped Charlotte 72-52 in Conference USA action Saturday night.
Freshman Kierra Jordan led the quartet with 15 points and 10 rebounds while senior Jamierra Faulkner scored 14 points and handed out 13 assists. Sophomore Jerontay Clemons had 12 points and Tamara Jones chipped in 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Faulkner also came up with six steals.
Both teams struggled early to start the game as the teams combined for only 10 points heading into the first media timeout. Through the first nine minutes there were six ties and two lead changes. Charlotte led 14-13 at the 10:43 mark when Southern Miss (17-5, 6-3) used a 13-2 run over a four-minute stretch in taking a 26-16 lead. Markia Nix started the run with a layup followed by a basket by Lashyra Cotton after a steal. Faulkner added a jumper before Jones' deep three-ball capping the run. The 49ers answered with five straight points to cut the lead to 26-21. For the remainder of the half, Southern Miss outscored Charlotte 12-9 in taking a 38-30 lead into the half.
Southern Miss scored the first two points to start the second half, but Charlotte answered quickly to keep the margin at eight points. The teams battled for the next 8:42 as Charlotte was able to cut the lead to 51-48 at the 9:33 mark. The Lady Eagles then went on a 14-2 run in pushing the lead to 65-50 with 4:19 remaining. For the final four minutes, the Lady Eagles Charlotte scoreless.
Kira Gordon led the 49ers with 12 points and 13 rebounds and Ny Hammonds chipped in 10 points.
Southern Miss out-shot Charlotte 43.8 percent to 33.9 percent. However, the 49ers held the rebounding edge, 46-40. The Lady Eagles scored 26 points off 22 Charlotte turnovers as 18 were steals.
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Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis Quotes:
"We switched defenses a couple of times about midway through the second half. We used a zone defense but we didn't rebound down so we switched to man again. We go up eight but they still able to cut the lead to two. After a timeout, we changed our defense again and Jamierra immediately came up with a steal and that's when everything started to go our way."
"It was basket after basket and that was created by our defense. Our defense was the reason why we were able to get a win tonight. We were able to get some rebounds and get out on the run."
"Jamierra Faulkner made some unbelievable plays as the clock was winding down. I don't mean plays where she was the one scoring, but where she made assists. One was to Brittanny Dinkins underneath the basket when the ball was loose on the floor and one to Kierra Jordan for an easy bucket. She played phenomenal in the second half. When Charlotte closed it to two, I thought she took control and orchestrated our team the best since she has been here."
"Another thing to recognize is that we were one point away from having five players in double figures. Tamara Jones comes off the bench early to lead us in scoring and rebounding. Kierra Jordan had another solid performance for us in the post."
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