Faulkner's Play on Both Ends of Court Helps Southern Miss Have Excellent Season
Feb. 27, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss's own Jamierra Faulkner has been nothing short of spectacular this season for the Golden Eagles.
Since setting foot on Southern Miss's campus, Southern Miss's senior point guard has become one of the top guards in the nation.
Prior to the 2013-14 season, Faulkner was selected as one of only 29 players to the prestigious Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year watch list.
Faulkner has certainly lived up to the hype this season by tearing it up on both ends of the floor.
The NCAA leader in assists per game (8.4), Faulkner has been the catalyst for the Lady Eagles' offense. A testament to her superb vision, Faulkner has registered 27 double-digit assists games during her time at Southern Miss.
Faulkner also set a career-high in assists (17) this season, which tied the C-USA single game assist record and broke the Southern Miss record set in 1984.
In addition to leading the team in assists, the 5-foot-6 point guard is also leading the team in scoring at 17.1 points per game, on an efficient 48.3 percent shooting. That scoring mark currently ranks top ten in the league.
This season, Faulkner registered a career-high in points with the fourth-most ever in a game at Southern Miss (39). Faulkner also broke the nearly 16-year-old Lady Eagle record for made 3-point field goals in a game (8) against Old Dominion.
Not only has Faulkner led the Golden Eagles on the offensive end, but she has also taken it upon herself to set the tone on defense.
A member of the C-USA All-Defensive team a year ago, Faulkner looks to earn those same honors once again by leading the Lady Eagles in steals per game (3.1).
On the NCAA active career list, Faulkner currently ranks first in assists and second in steals.
Head coach Joye Lee-McNelis recently raved about her senior point guard:
"Our strength this season is our perimeter. Jamierra Faulkner is one of the best point guards in the country," explained Lee-McNelis. "Her leadership on the court is critical for our success. She is definitely the cornerstone of this team."
Faulkner's hard work and dedication have earned her C-USA Player of the Week honors three times during her career. She is also one of only four Lady Eagles to record a triple-double, and one of only seven players in C-USA history.
Earlier this week, she was named the College Sports Madness Mid-Major National Player of the Week and also garnered one of the finalist sports for the Lieberman Award.
Her play has helped her team record 22 victories this season as she is scheduled to play in her final home game Saturday, March 1. Game time is set for 4 p.m.
With the C-USA tournament approaching fast, Faulkner looks to continue her stellar play and lead the Lady Eagles to the promised land.