March 3, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team dropped its final road game at Tulane by a score of 80-69 in Devlin Fieldhouse in a nationally televised game on CBS Sports Network.
Southern Miss falls to 13-15 overall and 5-10 in league play while Tulane improves to 22-6 and 11-4.
"We had every opportunity to pull out a win today," Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "I believe fatigue play a factor down the stretch. We worked so hard to get back in the game and actually got within two, but we just ran out of gas. I thought we gave a good effort but just came up short.
"We are still missing some easy shots that we should be making. We will have to continue to work hard for the final game and close out the season on a good note for our seniors."
Jamierra Faulkner led a trio of Lady Eagles with a game-high 26 points while handing out five assists. Jerontay Clemons had 13 points and Tanecka Carey chipped in 12. Ance Celmina led the team with nine rebounds.
Tulane grabbed the lead early behind timely three-point shooting from its backcourt. Southern Miss remained close throughout the 10 minutes until the Green Wave scored 12 straight points to push its lead to double digits with 6:47 remaining in the half. The Lady Eagles fought back to get the lead under 10 using an 11-6 run over the final six minutes of the half and trailed 36-27 at the half.
During the second, the Lady Eagles were able to answer each run the Green Wave put together to keep within striking distance. After Southern Miss cut the lead to six with a pair of free throws by Clemons, Tulane's Tiffany Dale got free for back-to-back baskets to push the lead back to 10. Faulkner then connected on back-to-back threes to get within 51-47 with 9:37 remaining. Tulane then scored seven unanswered points for a 58-48 lead.
Tulane eventually pushed its lead to 62-50 before the Golden Eagles mounted a comeback sparked by a driving layup by Clemons. Faulkner came up with a steal and a layup, then, hit a big three before Clemons ended the run when she converted a three-point play as Southern Miss cut the lead to two, 60-62, with 5:11 remaining in the game.
Tulane got back on track and ran off 10 straight in pushing the lead back to 12, 72-60. Southern Miss converted four-of-four from the line to cut the Green Wave to 72-64 with 1:31 remaining, but Tulane was able to get a couple of easy put backs to seal the win.
Tulane held a big advantage outscoring Southern Miss 44-27 in the paint and out ran the Lady Eagles 20 to 12 in fast break points.
Southern Miss will close out the regular season at home when the Lady Eagles host East Carolina on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Reed Green Coliseum. Three seniors will be honored in a postgame ceremony.
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