Dec. 1, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- -
Jacksonville State's Jolie Efezokhae hit a 15-footer as time expired, giving the Gamecocks a, 76-74, win over Southern Miss Saturday. Southern Miss falls to 6-2, while JSU improved to 3-4.
"We did not come out and play with the intensity level over the duration of the game that we needed to play," Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "We have to give Jacksonville State credit. They stepped in and they were on a mission to be successful. You have to give them credit because they ran a great play at the end and they got the shot off."
With four seconds remaining, JSU's Danielle Beneby made the initial pass to Eren McMichael, whose pass was deflected into the hands of Efezokhae at the free throw line. Efezokhae then turned and sank the basket as time expired.
Southern Miss' Liz Biland led all scorers with a game- and career-high 22 points, followed by Pauline Love with her sixth double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, Amber Eugene added 11 points and Stephanie Helgeson chipped in 10.
"I thought Liz played well today," McNelis said. "Her leadership today was phenomenal. She tried to rally the troops; she talked in the huddle and when Liz is focused like that, she tends to play well."
Efezokhae paced five players in double figures with 15 points, followed by Cierra Duhart and McMichael with 13 points apiece; Kelsey Johnikin and Beneby added 12 points.
The Lady Eagles finished the game shooting 51.7 percent, but had 28 turnovers that led to 25 points for the Gamecocks.
Southern Miss led by seven points, 72-65, at the 4:55 mark when JSU used a 9-2 run to tie the game at 74-74 with 1:39 remaining. The Lady Eagles turned the ball over on their next possession, but were able to make a defensive stop. Southern Miss could not get a shot off as the shot clock time expired.
Southern Miss led by as many as 11 points in the first, before the Gamecocks used a 17-2 run to take the lead, 31-29, at the 5:29 mark in the half. Both teams traded baskets over the next four minutes. The score was tied 38-38 at the half.
The Lady Eagles return to action, Dec. 4, when they host South Alabama at 7 p.m.