Dec. 4, 2012
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Southern Miss had its four-game winning streak snapped after falling to UALR on the road by the score of 64-45 Tuesday night in the Jack Stephens Center.
Southern Miss falls to 4-3 overall while UALR improved to 7-1 as the Lady Eagles had their worst shooting performance of the season.
"We missed so many easy shots tonight," Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "When you miss that many easy shots, you are not going to win. We also had poor execution offensively. The effort was there, but we just didn't executive."
Southern Miss had to play catch-up from the onset when UALR ran out to a 13-3 lead. The Lady Eagles then used a 13-3 run to tie the game at 16-16 before scored seven unanswered points in pushing the lead to 25-16. Southern Miss closed the gap to four, 25-21, before the Trojans closed the half on an 11-1 run for a 36-22 halftime lead.
"You have to give a lot of credit to UALR's defense, especially their post players," Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "They were very physical with our post players. They took us out of our game and that got us frustrated."
Southern Miss opened the second scoring the first eight points to start the second in cutting the lead to 36-30. From there, the teams traded baskets until UALR countered with a 10-0 for the 48-32 lead and never looked back.
Taylor Gault led UALR with 17 points followed by Taylor Ford with 12 and Janette Merriex with 11. Hannah Fohne pulled down 11 rebounds.
The UALR defense held the Golden Eagle offense to 28.3 percent shooting from the field. Southern Miss held the rebounding edge, 44-41.
Southern Miss now travels to Monroe, La., for a game at ULM on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
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