Dec. 9, 2012
MONROE, La. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team struggled from the field, shooting just 25 percent and going over 12 minutes during a stretch in the second half without scoring a field goal in falling to ULM, 73-55, Sunday afternoon in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
Southern Miss drops to 4-4 on the season while ULM earns its second win of the season improving to 2-6.
"Our missed shots caused a lot of frustration, frustration caused more missed shots and then caused missed defensive assignments," Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "When you are not consistent, you hit a wall and have challenges, we've got to be able to in that moment and get our focus back. We have to learn how to overcome those challenges. When we are good, we are good, but when we are bad, we are bad. We have not in-between. We just have to grow up as a team."
Tanecka Carey led the Lady Eagles with a team-high 22 points, 17 that came in the first half. Jamierra Faulkner contributed 15 points and five steals and Jerontay Clemons chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds.
Southern Miss quickly trimmed the ULM lead to 39-38 to open the second half. From there, the Lady Eagles went cold from the field for a span of 12:13 during which ULM outscored USM 21-3. Faulkner finally connected on a layup to break the drought.
The Warhawks led by as many as 27 late, but a last minute 12-3 run got the margin down to 18.
ULM bolted out to the early 6-2 lead before Southern Miss swarmed back as a Carey three-pointer ignited an 11-4 run over a four minute span in taking a 13-10 lead. The teams battled to a 15-15 tie before the Lady Eagles scored seven unanswered points for the 22-15 lead with 8:56 remaining.
Southern Miss held a 27-20 lead at the 6:44 mark, until ULM put together a 15-3 run over a five-minute span that saw the Warhawks regain the 35-30 lead. ULM held a 37-32 lead at half.
Jasmine Shaw led all scorers with 27 points for ULM while Alexar Tugler had 13 and Ashleigh Simmons added 10 points for the home team.
ULM held the rebounding edge, 47-37, but Southern Miss outscored ULM 28-26 in the paint. ULM was able to come up with 17 second chance points and the Warhawks bench outscored the Lady Eagles, 15-5.
Southern Miss will take the next week off to concentrate on final exams before hosting Loyola (La.) College on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. as part of a double-header with the men's team.
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