Feb. 14, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Junior guard Jamierra Faulkner poured in a game-high 31 points and Tanecka Carey added 11 but it wasn't enough as Southern Miss lost for the third time in as many games 75-62 to UCF on Thursday night.
The Lady Eagles fall to 12-11 overall and 4-6 in league play while UCF improved to 10-14 and 4-6.
"Hats off to UCF tonight," Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "We discussed how much UCF had improved from game one to game two and how different players had stepped up and changed their whole scheme.
"We didn't play with a sense of urgency and UCF did a great job of taking advantage of that. The only player who showed a sense of urgency consistently on the floor was Jamierra Faulkner. I thought Wendy Miller's biggest contribution was she gave us some energy defensively. She helped us in our press."
Southern Miss led 30-29 at the half as the two teams opened the second half trading baskets over the first four minutes. UCF then scored 11-0 unanswered points over a span of 3:27 in taking a 47-36 lead and never looked back.
Southern Miss was able to cut the lead to eight on a pair of occasions but each time the Knights had as answer for the home team.
UCF led 61-49 at the 7:34 mark in the game when the Lady Eagles went on an 8-2 run to get the score to 63-57 with 4:57 remaining. UCF quickly pushed its lead to double digits as Kayli Keough scored five of the Knights next six points while limited the Lady Eagles to just one field goal in taking a 69-59 lead. After Ance Celmina scored a basket to get within eight points, UCF finished the final minute connecting on four free throws and a basket while the Lady Eagles came up with only one points.
UCF took the early lead but Southern Miss came roaring back and led by as many as nine points, 20-11, with 9:53 remaining before the half. UCF battled back and eventually tied the game at 25-25 with at the 3:27 mark. The home team scored five straight points for the 03-25 lead but UCF got two quick baskets from Gevenia Carter as the Knights trailed only 30-29 at the half.
UCF scored 33 points off 20 Southern Miss turnovers and had 13 second chance points. The Knights held the rebounding edge, 36-29.
Gevenia Carter led UCF with a team-high 29 points with Kayli Keough adding 11 points off the bench and Sara Djassi chipped in 10 points.
Southern Miss now hits the road for a game at East Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 17, in a 12 p.m. central time tip.
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