Feb. 28, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 68-61 victory at Marshall on Thursday night.
Southern Miss improved to 13-14 overall and 5-9 in league play while Marshall dropped to 9-18 and 3-11.
"This is hands down the most complete game we've played this season," Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "We only gave up one offensive rebound in the first half and only three in the entire game. That is huge. We had 17 assists to only 10 turnovers. That is another step in the right direction.
"Jerontay Clemons can make a layup. She had a heck of a game tonight. She was an animal on the glass and on defense, plus she scored those layups. I thought we played well as a team. We didn't fall apart and out communication was excellent."
Jamierra Faulkner and Jerontay Clemons combined for 44 points as Faulkner led the Lady Eagles with 24 points and Clemons had 20. Tanecka Carey chipped in 13 points. Clemons and Carey led the team with six rebounds apiece.
A pair of records was broken for the Southern Miss as Faulkner became the all-time leader in assists with seven, pushing her total to 568. Renee Magee (1986-1990) head the record in assists at 564. Carey established a new single-season record for most three-pointers made in a season with 73. LaShonda Jackson-Smith owned the single-season record with 72 during the 1994-95 season.
Southern Miss quickly opened the game scoring the first four points on back-to-back layups by Clemons. The teams traded baskets for the next possessions before Marshall scored seven straight points to take a 12-8 lead. The Thundering Herd extended its lead to five (17-12) before the Clemons scored six of the next eight points and Faulkner added bucket to put the visitors ahead 20-17. Marshall answered with an 8-0 run for the 25-20 lead with just under six minutes before the half.
Carey then sparked a 9-0 run that put the Lady Eagles in front by a score of 29-24. Southern Miss led 31-29 at the half.
Marshall opened the second with a three-pointer before Clemons answered with a layup to keep the Eagles ahead by one. Shay Weaver then connected on the second three of the half for Marshall but Faulkner found Clemons on a back-door cut to tie the game. Weaver then connected on another three-pointer in giving Marshall the 38-35 lead before Faulkner answered with a three of her own to tie the game at 38-38.
The team traded baskets for the next four possessions before the Lady Eagles scored seven-straight points in pushing the lead to 49-43. Marshall scored a three and added a free throw to cut the lead to two, but Southern Miss then added eight unanswered points to extend its lead to 10, 57-47 with 5:56 remaining in the game. During that run, Carey established a new single-season record when she connected on her third three-pointer of the game.
Marshall used an 11-5 run to cut the lead to 62-58, but Carey came up with a steal and found Clemons for the layup and then Clemons got an offensive rebound and put back in giving the an eight-point before Faulkner added a steal and layup for the 68-58 lead. Marshall's Erica Woods added a three for the Herd for the final score of 68-61.
Southern Miss finished the game shooting 48.4 percent including 40 percent in the second half and enjoyed a 34-27 rebound edge. The Lady Eagles outscored Marshall 44-18 in the paint and came up with 26 points off 19 Herd turnovers. Southern Miss also had a 14-to-1 advantage in second chance points while outscoring Marshall 12-0 in fast break points.
Suporia Dickens led Marshall with 19 points and Weaver added 17 points.
Southern Miss remains on the road when the Lady Eagles travel to Tulane for an 11 a.m. tip in a nationally televised game on CBS College Sports Network.
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