STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State outscored Southern Miss 9-1 in the second overtime in defeating the Lady Eagles 74-66 in the second round of the WNIT Monday night.
Southern Miss ended the 2013-14 season with a 27-7 record, a plus-12 wins over last season. Mississippi State improved to 21-13 and will face Auburn on Thursday night in the third round.
Jamierra Faulkner led the Lady Eagles with a team-high 20 points to go with six assists and six steals while Tamara Jones added 11 points. Jerontay Clemons and Brittanny Dinkins finished with 10 points each.
Southern Miss trailed 55-52 with 1:51 remaining when Jones connected on a three-pointer to tie the game at 55-55. For the last 1:22 neither team was able to muster any offense.
In the first overtime, State scored the first four points in taking a 59-55 lead. Voche' Martin and Faulkner scored back-to-back baskets to tie the game at 59-59 with 2:35 remaining. The Bulldogs hit four-of-four free throws got a bucket to take a four-point advantage 65-61 with 1:06 remaining, but Jones connected on another three with seconds to go to cut the two 64-63. Southern Miss unable to secure the rebound off a missed shot and eventually fouled. State could not convert the free throws, giving life to the Lady Eagles. With eight second remaining, Clemons was fouled and made only one-of-two from the line to force a second overtime.
In the second overtime, it was all Mississippi State as the Bulldogs hit a pair of free throws before Jerica James hit a three-pointer for a 70-65 lead. The Lady Eagles managed only to score a free throw in the final 1:55 of the overtime as State out-scored Southern Miss, 9-1.
Breanna Richardson led State with 20 points while Martha Alwal had 17 points and 15 rebounds and Savannah Carter chipped in 13.
Neither team shot well from the floor, however, Southern Miss shot better than the Bulldogs 37.3 percent to 32.0 percent. State won the battle of the boards 53-47 and outscored the Lady Eagles 17-5 on second chance points.
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