HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team fought back from a seven-point deficit, using a 14-3 run to steal a victory against UAB 72-70 Wednesday night.
Southern Miss improved to 22-5 overall and 11-3 in Conference USA while UAB dropped to 15-11, 7-6.
The Lady Eagles used a balanced scoring attack led by Jamierra Faulkner and Kierra Jordan with 16 points each. Tamara Jones had 12 points off the bench while Jerontay Clemons and Markia Nix chipped in 10 points each. Faulkner finished with nine assists and four steals. Clemons also led the team with six rebounds. Brittanny Dinkins had four steals.
Southern Miss trailed 65-55 with 5:43 remaining in the game when the Lady Eagles started their comeback. Faulkner hit a three-pointer before Alex Coyne found Kierra Jordan underneath for a bucket. UAB answered right back with a bucket before Clemons hit a jumper from the left wing. Dinkins came up with a steal on the next possession and hit Faulkner in stride for the layup. Dinkins came up with another steal and found Jones ahead of the pack, but Jones was fouled on the play and could not convert from the line. No the next possession, Jones hit a jumper in the paint before Dinkins came up with her third consecutive steal and hit Clemons for the layup to give the Lady Eagles the lead, 68-67, with 1:30 remaining.
The home team pushed the lead to three, 70-67, before UAB's Karisma Chapman converted a three-point to tie the game at 70-70 with 27 seconds remaining. The Lady Eagles held the ball for the final shot and with six seconds remaining, Faulkner got the ball to Jordan for the basket and the foul. Jordan could not convert the free throw, allowing UAB time for a final shot to tie the game, but Brittany Winbrone's jumper came up a little short as time expired.
The teams battled for the opening tip as the teams traded baskets through the eight minutes. The Black and Gold used an 8-2 run to take a 23-15 lead. UAB then answered using a 10-2 run over 2:55 to tie the score at 25-25. Southern Miss got back on track and outscore UAB 14-6 in the final 7:56 to take a 37-31 lead into intermission.
Southern Miss led 41-35 just before the first media timeout when the momentum changed. UAB's Miranda Burroughs ignited a 13-2 run to put the Blazers up 48-43 over 3:10. The home team battled back to cut the lead to 53-51, but UAB 10-2 run in taking a double-digit lead with 6:59 remaining in the game.
Chapman and Ashley Grimes led UAB with 19 points each while Chapman pulled down 15 rebounds. Chelsee Black added 11 points and Winborne also had 11 rebounds.
UAB out-rebounded the Lady Eagles 44-28, but Southern Miss scored 16 points off 24 UAB turnovers.
Southern Miss will close out its home portion of its schedule on Saturday, Mar. 1, when the Lady Eagles host Tulane for Senior Day at 4 p.m. Faulkner, Niesha and Nitesha Pierce will be honored in a postgame ceremony.
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