Southern Miss Athletics Press Release
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Senior point guard Jamierra Faulkner led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points to go with 11 assists in her final appearance in Reed Green Coliseum as the Lady Eagles defeated Tulane 79-67 Saturday evening.
Southern Miss, winners of 10 straight, improved to 23-5 overall and 12-3 in league play while Tulane fell to 20-8 and 11-4. Southern Miss finished the season with 17 home wins, the most in a season.
Four other Lady Eagles scored in double figures with Kierra Jones, Jerontay Clemons, Tamara Jones and Voche' Martin all scoring 10 points each. Martin also pulled down a team-best eight rebounds. Faulkner also set a single-season record for the most assists in Conference USA.
The teams got off to a slow start with only five points scored in the game by the first media timeout. Southern Miss was 0-11 from the field with the only points coming at the free throw line. The Lady Eagles scored their first points from the field at the 14:23 mark.
Southern Miss used an 8-0 run in taking a 10-7 lead, but it didn't last long as Tulane came right back using a 9-2 run for an 18-14 lead. The home team battled back to tie the game at 18-18 after Southern Miss Faulkner and Jones converted a pair of free throws each and Jones added a basket in outscoring Tulane 6-2. Tiffany Dale put the Green ahead on two free throws, but Faulkner answered with a three-pointer for the one point advantage. The Green Wave then converted three of six free throws for the 23-21 lead. Over the next four minutes, there were five ties and three lead changes. With the score tied at 33-33, Southern Miss outscored Tulane 6-1 over the final 2:34 in taking a 39-34 lead into the half.
The teams traded baskets to start the second half. With the score tied at 41-41, Southern Miss then scored seven unanswered points in a span of 1:03 in taking a 48-41 lead. Tulane quickly whittled the lead to one as three different Green Wave players accounted for the 6-0 run. After the teams traded baskets for three minutes, the Black and Gold put together a 13-3 run to take a double digit lead at 66-55. During the run, four different Lady Eagles scored points. Tulane was able to get the lead under 10, but it was short-lived as Faulkner was able to find Martin inside on back-to-back baskets.
Southern Miss shot 51.7 percent in the second half and finished the game shooting 42.9 percent from the field. Tulane held the rebounding edge, 47-38. The Lady Eagles scored 24 points off 20 Green Wave miscues and their bench added 29 points.
Tiffany Dale led Tulane with a game-high 21 points followed by Jamie Kaplan with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Danielle Blagg added 12 points.