Jan. 8, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team will open Conference USA play at home for only the second time in six years when the Lady Eagles host Marshall on Thursday, Jan. 10. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Lady Eagle contests can be heard on WHXB-FM 96.5 or at www.SouthernMiss.com with Josh West, voice of the Lady Eagles, providing the play-by-play action.
This game has been designated First Responders. All police, firemen and paramedics with a valid ID can purchase tickets for $2. Tickets can be purchased at the Southern Miss Ticket Office or at the gate on game day. The groups will be recognized during the game as honored guests.
Women's Basketball Downs Marshall, 63-55
Southern Miss improved its shooting percentage in the second half and outscored Marshall 19-3 on second chance points in defeating Marshall 64-55 Thursday night in Conference USA action.
Southern Miss Preview
Southern Miss (8-5) is coming off a 69-59 win over New Orleans on Jan. 5. Four Lady Eagles tallied double figure points as Jamierra Faulkner and Tanecka Carey led the way with 17 points apiece. Ance Celmina added a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Jerontay Clemons chipped in 10 points. Teri Berry also hauled in a 10 rebounds.
The trio of Faulkner, Carey, and Clemons continue to pace the Lady Eagles in scoring. Faulkner and Carey are top at 17.2 points per game while Clemons averages 10.9 points. Clemons also paces the team in rebounds, averaging 7.8 per game.
Southern Miss is averaging 64.1 points and 40.5 rebounds while shooting 39.8 percent from the field and 62.6 percent from the line. The Lady Eagle defense allows 62.3 points on 38.1 percent shooting from the field. The team is forcing its opponents into 21.5 turnovers per game while coming up with 11.5 steals per game.
Marshall has been idle for since Dec. 30 when the Herd lost to Navy by a score of 67-51 and currently owns a 6-7 overall record. This is the conference opener for the Herd. Erica Woods and Norrisha Victrum scored 11 points apiece while Woods added a team-best seven rebounds.
Shay Weaver leads the team in scoring with 10.0 points per game while Chukwuka Ezeigbo paces the team in rebounding with 5.7 boards per game.
The Thundering Herd is averaging 56.8 points and 37.5 rebounds per game while shooting 39.0 percent from the field and 63.0 percent from the line. Marshall has held its opponents to 58.5 points per game on 38.7 percent shooting from the field.
Southern Miss vs. Marshall Series
This is the 17th meeting between the two teams dating back to the 2005-06 season. Southern Miss leads the overall series, 10-6, but Marshall has three out of the last four meetings.
Following the Marshall game, Southern Miss travels to Memphis to face the Tigers on Sunday Jan. 13, in a nationally televised game on Fox Sports Network at the FedExForum at 3:30 p.m. Pete Pranica and Stephanie Ready will call the call for the game.
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