Lady Eagles beat Charlotte, 72-52

Two Lady Eagles posted double-doubles as Southern Miss women’s basketball team defeated Charlotte 72-52 Saturday night on the road.

Kierra Jordan led the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds while senior Jamierra Faulkner scored 14 points, dished out 13 assists and had six steals. Jerontay Clemons added 12 points while Tamara Jones just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds after coming off the bench.

The game started slowly with both teams struggling to put up points. Southern Miss (17-5, 6-3) used a 13-2 run to take a 26-16 lead after trailing by one. After the big run, both teams played evenly with USM taking a 38-30 lead into halftime.

Charlotte (10-11, 4-4) sparked a bit of a comeback out of halftime to cut the lead to 51-48 with just under ten minutes to play. The Lady Eagles then countered with a 14-2 run led by Faulkner’s play-making abilities to extend their lead to 65-50 with 4:19 remaining.

“Jamierra Faulkner made some unbelievable plays as the clock was winding down,” said Southern Miss head coach Joye Lee-McNelis. “When Charlotte closed it to two, I thought she took control and orchestrated our team the best since she has been here.”

Charlotte did not have another comeback in them as they only managed to score two more points the rest of the game.
Kira Gordon led Charlotte with 12 points and 13 rebounds while Ny Hammonds added ten points.

Southern Miss was much more efficient from the floor, shooting 44 percent to Charlotte’s 34 percent. However, the 49ers out muscled their way to win the rebounding battle, 46-40.
Quick hands for USM allowed them to tally up 18 steals against Charlotte. The Lady Eagles were able to score 26 points off of Charlotte’s turnovers.

“It was basket after basket and that was created by our defense,” Lee-McNelis said. “Our defense was the reason why we were able to get a win tonight. We were able to get some rebounds and get out on the run.”

The Lady Eagles will continue their Conference USA schedule Wednesday, Feb. 12 when they host Marshall (8-14, 1-8). Tip-off is for 7 p.m.