Feb. 8, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss women's basketball team hits the road again, traveling to UTEP for a 3:05 p.m. (CT) matchup on Feb. 10.
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.
Southern Miss Preview
Southern Miss (12-9, 4-4) is coming off a lopsided 78-56 loss to Tulsa. Ance Celmina paced the Lady Eagles with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds while Jamierra Faulkner chipped in 14 points.
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Southern Miss is averaging 63.1 points and 39.5 rebounds while shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 63.4 percent from the line. The Lady Eagle defense allows 63.0 points on 38.7 percent shooting from the field. The team is forcing its opponents into 20.5 turnovers per game while coming up with 10.0 steals per game.
UTEP is 17-4 overall and 5-3 in league play following a 56-49 loss at Tulane on Thursday night. Kelli Willingham paced the Miners in scoring with a team-best 18 points while Anete Steinberga added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Kayla Thornton leads the team in scoring with 15.0 points while Steinberga is next at 14.0 points. Chrishauna Parker leads the team with a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game.
The Miners are averaging 66.6 points and a league-best 45.2 rebounds per game while shooting 38.7 percent from the field and 64.9 percent from the line.
Southern Miss vs. UTEP Series
This is the 11th meeting between the two teams. UTEP leads the overall series 7-3 that began in 1993. Southern Miss won the first two meetings between the teams. UTEP has won seven of the last eight meetings including both meetings last season.
Following the UTEP game, Southern Miss returns home to host UCF on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. This game has been designated at the Pink Game as the first 250 fans will receive a pink t-shirt and breast cancer survivors will be honored at the game. Fans can purchase two tickets for the price of one.
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