Jan. 10, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team gets ready for a nationally televised game against UTSA on Fox Sports Network Saturday at 3 p.m.
This game has been designated as the Blackout Game and Youth Team Day. Free Admission for all youth teams that submit a team roster. For more information please contact Leigh Ann Holland, Marketing Associate, via email at L.Holland@eagles.usm.edu.
The Lady Eagle contest can be heard on WHXB-FM 96.5 or at www.SouthernMiss.com with Josh West, voice of the Lady Eagles with legendary coach Kay James as color analyst.
Southern Miss Preview
The Lady Eagles (12-2, 1-0) are coming off a 67-56 win at Louisiana Tech in their conference opener on Jan. 8. Senior Jamierra Faulkner led all scorers with a game-high 21 points while freshman Brittanny Dinkins poured in 19 points and grabbed a team-best nine rebounds off the bench. Faulkner had a team-best five steals. After shooting 31 percent in the first half, Southern Miss shot 57.7 percent in the second to finish the game shooting 43.6 percent from the field.
Tamara Jones currently leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Faulkner is next at 14.1 points and Dinkins averages 10.1. Faulkner is dishing out 8.8 assists per game to go with 2.8 steals.
The Lady Eagles are averaging 78.9 points and 40.4 rebounds per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 65.3 percent from the line.
UTSA (9-5, 0-1) comes into the game following a 73-62 loss to Tulsa in the conference opener on Jan. 8. Kamra King led the Roadrunners with a team-best 15 points while Mannasha Bell had 11 points. Niaga Mitchell-Cole grabbed 10 rebounds for UTSA.
UTSA returns seven letterwinners including two starters from last season's team that finished 16-14.
King leads the team in scoring with 15.7 points per game while Mannasha Bell tops the team with 5.4 rebounds per game. As a team, UTSA is averaging 63.9 points and 38.6 rebounds per game while shooting 37.1 percent from the field and 64.0 percent from the line.
Coach Lubomyr Lichonzak is in his first season at UTSA as head coach.
Series Record: Southern Miss vs. UTSA
This is the first meeting between the two teams.
Following the UTSA game, Southern Miss hosts Old Dominion for the first time on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.