HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Junior forward Tamara Jones scored the third most points in a single game with 41 points to go with 12 rebounds in recording a double-double as Southern Miss defeated UALR 72-60 Tuesday night.
"Holy smoke, Tamara Jones was unbelievable," Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "Tonight it was the Tam and Jam show. I am really proud of the way this team was able to fight down the stretch. You have to give UALR credit. They are a tough defensive team. They get back and stop your transition. We have to do a better job of executing our half-court offense."
Jamierra Faulkner chipped in 13 points and nine assists just missing a double-double. The Lady Eagles connected on 22-of-22 from the line.
Southern Miss opened the second half with Jones scoring the first six points. The Lady Eagles led by as many as 13 points, but UALR fought back to cut the lead to five midway through the second half, 51-46. Jones then scored the next six points to push the Eagles' lead to 57-46. UALR got a bucket and a pair of free throws to get the lead to single digits, but once again, Jones was able to answer with a three-point play.
Over the last four minutes, Southern Miss outscored UALR 12-8 including a three-pointer by Jones at the buzzer.
UALR ran out to a 9-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game. Southern Miss then scored six unanswered points to cut the lead to 9-8. The Trojans added a free throw and basket to push their lead to 12-8. From there, the Lady Eagles outscored 7-2 in taking their first lead at 15-14. The teams traded baskets before UALR ran off five straight for a 22-17 advantage.
The lead changed hands a couple of times before a pair of Jones free throws ignited an 8-0 to put the Eagles ahead 34-27 at the 2:00 mark. Southern Miss led 36-29 at the half.
Southern Miss held the rebounding edge, 39-38 while scoring 17 points off 17 UALR turnovers to go with 14 second chance points.
Taylor Gault led UALR with 14 points off the bench while Kiera Clark had 12 and Shanity James chipped in 10. Clark also led the team with eight rebounds.
The Lady Eagles remain at home to host Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
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