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Q and A with Jamierra Faulkner

Dec. 9, 2013

J. Faulkner

Senior point-guard Jamierra Faulkner has had a fantastic career at Southern Miss. Last season, Faulkner started 31 games. She averaged 19.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, and led the league in scoring and assists.

This season, Jamierra Faulkner is, once again, making an impact, averaging 15.7 ppg. She recently led all scorers at the 25th Lady Eagle Classic with 22 points as the Southern Miss beat Florida A&M 96-69. recently caught up with Faulkner to learn more about her game and the Lady Eagles Basketball team:
"If you had to give a scouting report on yourself, how would you describe Jamierra Faulkner as a player?"

"I'd describe me as a fast person...a point guard with great vision...a point guard that sets her teammates up first and scores second. I'm a solid defender and a great ball handler who sees the whole floor."
How has your game progressed from freshman year to now?

"I've become more disciplined and more of a leader. I've become more of a coach myself. I do a lot of coaching during practice. If I have something to say or explain to a player, they'll let me finish before saying what they have to say."
What is it like being coached by Joye Lee-McNelis, who also played basketball at Southern Miss?

"It has been an extremely positive experience. She has brought me a long way with my game from freshman year to now. She is a great person and she was a point guard herself, so everything she knows she teaches me and now I'm teaching my teammates what I know."
How is this year's group of players different from last year's team?

"We've got great talent in every spot and several players that can play multiple positions. That's helpful because we can give our all, get a break, and come back rejuvenated. I believe this team is much more disciplined."

"Last year we didn't beat Arkansas Little Rock, but this year it was all about revenge. Even though we have nine new players, they know we didn't win last year and our goal was to beat them and that's what we did. We're extremely disciplined and we've bought into what the coaches tell us."

"Also, we're healthy. We have a great trainer, Melissa Chastain, and she does everything in her power to help us rehab to make sure we stay healthy."
What is it like juggling sports and classwork as a student athlete?

"I would say freshman year was tough, but now I'm used to it. I'm not a morning person, but I have no choice but to get up for those early morning practices and I'm used to it now."
Who have been some of your favorite teammates this season and in previous seasons?

"I'd say the twins Niesha and Nitesha Pierce, Tanesha Washington, and Tanecka Carey from last years team. We really clicked and our chemistry built fast while playing with each other. In the game those are the people I could really depend on as well as Jerontay Clemons."
Out of all of your time at Southern Miss, what are some of your favorite memories?

"Last year we beat Mississippi State or the comeback against Rice where we were down by 17 points to beat them by 19 points."

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