Nov. 6, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss shook off a sluggish start to defeat Mobile, 77-54, in its only exhibition game Tuesday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
Jamierra Faulkner led the Lady Eagles with 21 points, six assists and five steals. Tanecka Carey had 14 points, Tiarra Pollnitz added 13 points and seven rebounds and Anteria Berry came off the bench to add 10 points and seven boards.
Mobile opened the game on a 15-5 run as Southern Miss connected on just two of its first 14 shots. However, the Lady Eagles scored 14 of the next 15 points over the next 3:45 to take a 19-16 lead. A three-pointer by Tiarra Pollnitz pushed the lead to six. The teams traded baskets before the Mobile used a pair of jumpers to make it a 28-24 lead.
Pollnitz drained her second three-pointer and Jamierra Faulkner scored on a fast break, but both teams then went cold as they went more than three minutes without scoring. Caron Brown finally put points on the board with 39 seconds left, giving Southern Miss its largest lead of the half and sending them into halftime with a 35-24 lead.
Southern Miss came out of the break on fire, opening with a 12-2 run, capped off by a Tanecka Carey three-pointer, to take a 47-26 lead just 3:38 into the second half. Mobile cut the lead to 12 off a pair of jumpers from Briana Edwards. But it never got closer, as Southern Miss led by as many as 26 in the second half.
The Lady Eagles shot 45.8-percent from the field (33-of-72) and were 7-of-20 (35.0%) from the floor. Mobile shot 32.8-percent (19-of-58) from the floor and was just 2-of-15 (13.3%) from three. Southern Miss was outrebounded 45-to-43, but scored 32 points off of 24 Mobile turnovers.
Southern Miss opens its 2012-13 regular season this Friday, Nov. 9, when it hosts Hampton University in an 11 a.m. tip-off. The game has been designated as "Education Day".
Admission to the contest will be $1 per student. The Hattiesburg School District as well as Forrest and Lamar County School districts are using this as an incentive to their students to increase their grades and possess a positive attitude toward others.
If other school districts are interested in participating, please contact Melinda Clanton in the women's basketball office at 601-266-6444.
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