Feb. 18, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss returns to action on Sunday when the Lady Eagles host Tulane at 2 p.m. in the annual "Pink Game".
A pink t-shirt will be given to the first 100 fans while the next 200 fans will receive the pink breast cancer awareness bracelets. Southern Miss will also host the Girl Scout dance clinic as the girls will perform at halftime with the Southern Misses.
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, providing the play-by-play action and legendary head coach Kay James as his color analyst.
Southern Miss Preview
The Lady Eagles are coming off a 74-60 loss to UCF, snapping a three-game winning streak. Jamierra Faulkner scored a team-high 22 points with Tanecka Carey and Nitesha Pierce adding 12 and 10 points, respectively. Ance Celmina grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for the Black and Gold. The Lady Eagles had a season-low 11 turnovers in the game and for the first time in the last four games, Southern Miss failed to shoot 50 percent from the field.
Faulkner took over the scoring lead, averaging 16.5 points per game while Carey just right behind at 16.0. Carey also leads the team in rebounding at 6.2 boards per game. As a team, USM is shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from the line while averaging 60.8 points and 36.7 rebounds per outing.
Tulane is coming off a 50-47 overtime win over Rice. The Green Wave is 19-6 overall and 8-4 in league play. Tyria Snow was the lone Green Wave to post a double-digit scoring total with 10 points while Olivia Grayson had nine and Brett Benzio added eight. Benzio led the team with nine rebounds and four blocks.
Grayson is averaging in double figures with 14.1 points per game while Benzio is next at 9.6. Benzio is the top rebounder as she is averaging 9.3 rebounds per outing. As a team, the Green Wave offense is averaging 62.4 points per game while shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 67.4 percent from the line. Tulane is averaging 40.3 rebounds per contest. Coach Lisa Stockton is in her 18th season at Tulane.
Series Notes: Southern Miss vs. Tulane Series
This is the 61st meeting between the two teams dating back to the 1977 season. This is the longest running series of any opponent. Southern Miss leads the overall series, 33-27, and has won five out of the last seven meetings.
Following the Tulane game, Southern Miss remains at home for its third-straight home game on Thursday Feb. 23 against Marshall. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. central.