DENTON, Texas - The Southern Miss women's basketball team outscored North Texas 19-8 the final 3:33 in stealing an 80-77 victory over the Mean Green Wednesday night.
The Lady Eagles wrapped up the regular season with a 24-5 record overall and 13-2 in league play while North Texas fell to 12-17 and 6-10.
Tamara Jones scored a game-high 32 points, including 26 in the second, to lead Southern Miss. Jamierra Faulkner added 21 points and Jerontay Clemons added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Faulkner and Brittanny Dinkins dished out five assists each while Dinkins came up with four steals.
North Texas led 35-30 at the half when the Mean Green opened the second using a 17-8 run in taking a 52-38 lead. Clemons then hit the first of two free throws before Ashley Folsom grabbed the miss and put it back up for a basket. After the Mean Green added another bucket, Jones then ignited a 17-0 over a span of 2:20. Jones hit a layup before Alex Coyne added a jumper to get the lead under double digits. Jones then hit three-consecutive threes to tie the game at 54-54. Faulkner found Clemons on a run for a layup before Faulkner capped the run with a jumper at the free throw line.
North Texas answered by scoring four-straight on 4-of-4 from the line. The teams traded three-pointer before the home team scored eight unanswered points for a 69-61 lead with 3:53 remaining in the game. Southern Miss closed out the half with a 19-8 run.
The teams started the game evenly. Southern Miss led by four early, 14-10, before North Texas used a 21-10 run in taking a 32-24 lead. The Lady Eagles cut the lead to 32-30 before Laura McCoy hit her fourth three-pointer in the half to give the Mean Green a 35-30 halftime lead.
Alexis Hyder led North Texas with 23 points and 10 rebounds followed by Janis Peterson with 19, Briesha Wynn added 16 and McCoy chipped in 12.
Southern Miss shot 51.4 percent in the second half and finished the game shooting 47.8 percent from the field.
The Lady Eagles will head to the 2014 Conference USA Tournament scheduled for Mar. 11-15 in El Paso, Texas.
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