Feb. 17, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team fell to East Carolina by a score of 82-60 on the road on Sunday afternoon.
Southern Miss falls to 12-12 overall and 4-7 in league play while East Carolina improves to 18-6 and 8-3.
"We never really got anything going early," Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "We had some early turnovers and frustration set it. We tried to push through that. We did have some fight there and was able to cut it to six on a couple of occasions, but we took some ill-advised shots. We didn't execute our game plan and we lost focus."
Tanecka Carey and Jamierra Faulkner paced the team in scoring with 17 and 15 points, respectively. Faulkner, just missing a double-double, dished out nine assists. Jerontay Clemons pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
The two teams got off to an even start, trading baskets for the first 5:32 before the Pirates used a 14-4 to push the lead to double digits, 21-10. From there the teams traded baskets for the remainder of the half as East Carolina led 36-27 at intermission.
The team opened the second trading three-pointers as Carey cut the lead to six on her first three of the game. East Carolina answered before Carey hit her second three. The Pirates added another three and a basket for the 11-point advantage. Nitesha Pierce hit one-of-two free throws and Faulkner hit a layup after a steal to get within 44-36.
East Carolina then outscored the Lady Eagles 13-1 over four minutes for the 56-37 lead with 12:56 remaining. The Black and Gold cut the lead to 10, 63-53, with seven minutes remaining but a 13-0 run sealed the game for the Pirates.
Kristine Mial came off the bench to lead four players in double figures with a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds. Whitny Edwards scored 15 points followed by Kyani White with 12 and Celeste Stewart chipped in 11.
East Carolina held a 41-32 rebounding edge and scored 19 points off 19 Lady Eagle turnovers. Southern Miss managed to outscore ECU 32-22 in the paint, but ECU scored 14 second chance points to the Southern Miss' eight.
Southern Miss returns home to begin a two-game homestand when the Lady Eagles face Memphis on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.