HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team placed three players in double figures in defeating Auburn-Montgomery 77-54 in an exhibition game on Monday night.
The Lady Eagles forced 33 AUM turnovers and converted them into 39 points. Southern Miss also out-rebounded the Warhawks 46-40. The Lady Eagles also came up with 21 steals.
"We had no idea what to expect tonight," head coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "As a staff, we knew what we thought we could do. When you take a look at the entire game, there were players who played really well and had some wow plays. Then there were some players we thought would do a better job for us kind of struggled. I knew we would play hard."
Jamierra Faulkner led the trio with 24 points followed by transfer Tamara Jones and freshman Ashley Folsom with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Freshman Kierra Jordan came off the bench to grab a team-high 11 rebounds. Faulkner also handed out nine assists and had seven steals.
"We have to continue to get better in several areas," McNelis said. "It might be a slow process, but we have a long way to go. In order for us to get there, we have to take one baby step at a time."
The Lady Eagles ran out to a 10-0 lead and never looked back. AUM battled back to cut the lead to 12-10 after using a 10-2 run. Southern Miss' Markia Nix ignited a 10-2 in pushing the lead back to double digits, 22-12. After AUM added a bucket to get the lead under 10, but five different Eagles contributed to a 9-3 run in pushing the lead to 31-17. Southern Miss led 43-28 at the half.
The Warhawks opened the second half scoring the first four points before Brittanny Dinkins jump started a 6-0 run for the 49-32 lead. The Warhawks chipped away at the lead over the next seven minutes to get the score to 59-47. For the final eight minutes, the Lady Eagles pulled away as Southern Miss outscored AUM, 18-7.
Tina Odume led AUM with 19 points while Jasmine Jackson chipped in 11. Marren Schwartz pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Lady Eagles open the regular season, Nov. 8 at home, against West Alabama. The game time is set for 11 a.m. Additional activities to help kick-off the season include an "Education Day" as part of their continued community service. The Lady Eagle team has extended an invitation to area elementary schools with the purpose of offering the schools the opportunity to visit a college campus and watch a collegiate athletic event. The team has visited several area schools and shared their stories on what it takes to be a college student-athlete.
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