HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Junior Tamara Jones scored a game-high 40 points and senior Jamierra Faulkner added a double-double of 13 points and 14 assists in leading Southern Miss past Tulsa 91-73 Saturday evening.
Southern Miss improved to 19-5 overall and 8-3 in league play while Tulsa dropped to 10-12 and 4-7. The win against Tulsa snapped a four-game losing streak against the Golden Hurricane.
Southern Miss used an 18-1 run over 5:01 to erase a three-point deficit and turn it into a 14-point advantage. Tulsa led 55-52 at the 14:05 mark when Clemons found Jones underneath for the bucket. Following a Faulkner steal, Martin gave the Lady Eagles the lead when Faulkner assisted Martin on the layup. Jones connected on a pair of free throws followed by back-to-back baskets by Martin and Jones that included a three-point play by Jones. Martin sank a pair of free throws before Jones connected on her third three of the game. Brittanny Dinkins capped the run with two free throws in giving Southern Miss a 70-56 lead.
Both teams opened the game missing a combined seven shots. Tulsa got on track and ran out to a 5-0 lead. Faulkner hit a three for the Lady Eagles' first points. The teams traded baskets for three possessions before the Golden Hurricane scored five unanswered points in pushing the lead to 14-7. The visitors heated up and outscored Southern Miss 13-5 for the 27-14 lead. The home team was able to cut into that lead using an 18-5 run to cut the lead to 34-32 with 3:26 remaining before the half. Tulsa led 43-42 at the half on 57.1 percent shooting from the field including 62.5 percent from behind the arc.
Ashley Clark led Tulsa with 21 points while Kelsee Grovey had 17 and Mariah Turner added 13.
Southern Miss finished the game shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 94.4 percent from the line. The home team held a slight rebounding edge, 34-31. The Lady Eagles also had 15 second chance points and scored 20 points off 17 Tulsa turnovers.
Southern Miss will hit the road for a pair of Conference USA games against new members FIU on Feb. 19 and Florida Atlantic on Feb. 22.
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