Jamierra Faulkner scored 20 points and dished out five assists, but it was fittingly the senior who carried the University of Southern Mississippi past East Carolina University on Senior night. Tanecka Carey out-performed her junior teammate the tune of 23 points, 15 of which came from the place she now holds a new school record- behind the three point line.
Carey's five treys on the night gave her at total of 81 on the season; the most for any Golden Eagle in a single year. Not to be forgotten was senior Anse Celmina, who only scored eight points, but also snagged eight rebounds, had three assists, and blocked two shots.
The only time Southern Miss did not lead this game was after the first bucket, when the Pirates lead 2-0. After that, the first half belonged the Lady Eagles, who lead by as many as 20. But the Pirates slimmed that margin to six with less than eight minutes to play in the second half.
Jerontay Clemons scored on a layup with less than three minutes in regulation to give the home team an 11-point lead, and they never looked back.
USM finishes the season 14-15 and 6-10 in Conference USA. They'll next head to Tulsa, Ok. for the conference tournament, which starts Wed. March 13.
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