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Southern Miss Falls To Charlotte, 72-53

Dec. 12, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Junior Tanesha Washington scored a career-high 27 points but it wasn't enough as Southern Miss falls to Charlotte, 72-53, Saturday afternoon.

Junior Robin Murphy chipped in 11 points and Pauline Love pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. Southern Miss finished the game shooting a season-low 28.1 percent from the field. Charlotte scored 22 points off 22 Southern Miss turnovers.

Southern Miss led by as many as five points in the first five minutes of the game. Charlotte battled back to tie the game at 18-18 at the 10:16 mark and from there, scored the next eight points over three minutes to take a 26-18 lead. Washington ended the Lady Eagle drought at the 6:39 mark when she converted on a three-point play to get USM with five, 26-21.

Charlotte closed out the half on a 13-5 run and led 41-28 at the half.

The teams started the second half trading baskets through the first 3:08. With the 49ers leading, 47-32, Southern Miss outscored Charlotte 12-6, getting the lead under double-double digits, 53-44. Charlotte then scored the next 10 points, putting the game out of reach.

Both teams finished the game with 22 turnovers, but Charlotte held the rebounding edge, 47-40, and scored 40 points in the paint, including 18 second chance points.

Southern Miss travels to Nashville for a game against Belmont, Dec. 16.

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