Dec. 15, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 79-63 win over Loyola (LA) University while junior guard Jamierra Faulkner recorded her first career triple double and scored her 1,000th career point in the process.
"I thought we got out of the starting blocks really well and created a lot of havoc for early," Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "I believe we saw a team that we wanted to see offensively as far as sharing the basketball. An important stat is the 27 assists to 34 baskets. We have to continue to do that in order for us to be successful. I thought Jamierra and Tanecka did a heck of a job looking for their teammates."
Senior Tanecka Carey led Southern Miss with a game-high 27 points while Faulkner finished with 16 points, 10 assists and 10 steals. Faulkner's 10 steals established an individual single game record for the Lady Eagles. Ance Celmina added a season-high 15 points and Jerontay Clemons pulled down a team-best 12 rebounds.
Southern Miss bolted out to a 26-0 lead over the first six minutes to start the game. The Lady Eagles hit 12 of their first 17 shots and had eight steals.
Loyola scored its first points of the game when Shayne Charles connected on a three-pointer at the 13:38 mark. The Wolfpack whittled the lead down to 16 using a 10-1 run over a 5:33 span. Southern Miss led 40-24 at the half. The Lady Eagles scored 30 points in the paint and had 22 points off 20 Loyola turnovers.
The teams started the second half trading baskets before Loyola used a 5-2 run to cut the Lady Eagle led to 15 at the 13:51 mark in the game. Southern Miss then ran off 10-straight points over 1:49 to push the lead to 25, 58-33. The Lady Eagles were able to maintain a 20-point margin until the final three minutes of the game.
Southern Miss scored 50 points in the paint and had 39 points off 32 Loyola miscues. The Lady Eagles came up with 25 steals and had 27 assists and held the rebounding edge 39-34.
Megen Berner led Loyola with 25 points with a perfect performance from the field and line. Janeicia Neely and Rebekah Greer added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Southern Miss will now travel to UT-Martin for a game on Dec. 18 in a 7 p.m. tip.
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