Aug. 9, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Former Southern Miss women's basketball player Jamierra Faulkner had planned on adding one more memory in Reed Green Coliseum, a place she called home for four years, culminating her collegiate career by walking to get her undergraduate degree this past May.
The West Palm Beach, Fla native, could certainly fill a highlight reel with the number of great plays she made during her Lady Eagle career and especially on her home floor at Green Coliseum.
Instead, Faulkner was working on trying to make the Women's National Basketball Association's Chicago Sky team after being drafted in the third round of the 2014 Draft with the 34th overall section.
Faulkner not only made the team but has excelled as she has played in all 30 of the team's contests, including 15 starts. She averages 8.2 points per game, 3.6 assists per game, and 2.4 rebounds per game while averaging a little over 20 minutes per contest. She currently ranks fifth among rookies in assists, sixth in scoring, and seventh in steals.
Come Sunday, though, Faulkner will have her diploma in hand courtesy of University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney D. Bennett, Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis and Women's Basketball Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis. Faulkner is the first member of her family to graduate with a college degree. The presentation will take place at halftime during the Sky's home game against the Atlanta Dream. Game time is set for 5 p.m., CT and be shown on NBA TV (Comcast standard definition channel 734, HD channel 478 in Hattiesburg).