Feb. 29, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss concludes its regular season on the road when the Lady Eagles travel to East Carolina on Mar. 1 in a 6 p.m. central tip.
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.
Southern Miss Preview
The Lady Eagles are coming off a 55-53 victory over UAB last Sunday on Senior Day. Senior Ewa Urbanowska scored the game-winning basket with 1.4 seconds remaining to get the win for USM. Urbanowska entered the game for an injured Nitesha Pierce to shoot free throws, missed both, but more than made up for it after grabbing the offensive rebound for the put back. Jamierra Faulkner led the team with a game-high 23 points, including eight of the final 10 in the last two minutes of the game. Ance Celmina tallied 10 points while Sedreka Plummer chipped in nine points. Faulkner also had seven assists.
Faulkner leads the team in scoring with a 16.5 point per game average with Tanecka Carey right behind at 15.2. Carey and Nitesha Pierce lead the team in rebounding at 5.9 boards per game. As a team, USM is shooting 40.8 percent from the field and 63.5 percent from the line while averaging 60.5 points and 37.2 rebounds per outing.
Scouting East Carolina
East Carolina is coming off a 63-62 overtime win at Marshall last Sunday. The Pirates are 10-18 overall and 4-11 in league play. Shala Hodges knocked down a three-pointer with three seconds remaining in the overtime period to give ECU the win. Chareya Smith scored a game-high 18 points with Katie Paschal adding 13 for the Pirates. Hodges chipped in 11 points. Kristine Mial led the team with seven rebounds while coming up with eight steals.
Hodges leads the team in scoring with an 11.2 points per game average with Smith adds 10.8 points. Britny Edwards is the top rebounder as she is averaging 7.3 rebounds per outing. As a team, the East Carolina offense is averaging 58.8 points per game while shooting 37.6 percent from the field and 62.0 percent from the line. The Pirates are averaging 38.4 rebounds per contest. Coach Heather Macy is in her second season at East Carolina.
Series Notes: Southern Miss vs. East Carolina
This will be the 19th meeting between the two teams dating back to 2002 season. East Carolina leads the series 10-8 as the Pirates won the initial meeting. The teams have played two overtime games with Southern Miss winning both. The teams split the series last season with each winning at home. USM won the meeting this season in Hattiesburg.
The 2012 Conference USA Basketball Championship is set for Mar. 7-10 in Memphis, Tenn. The first rounds are slated to be played in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on the campus of Memphis.
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