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Jamierra Faulkner Shines for Lady Eagles in 2014

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The Lady Eagles boast a 13-2 record at the midway point of the season thanks in large part to Jamierra Faulkner.

The senior point guard often flies under the radar when it comes to conference accolades, but she is undoubtedly the glue that holds it all together for USM.

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For Jamierra Faulkner, player introductions feel just a little different in 2014.

"It's a little bit more exciting," says Faulkner. "Usually I don't do anything when I run out of the tunnel but it's more exciting for them to say senior point guard. I don't feel old, but I feel like a leader."

As a four year starting point guard, assuming the role of leader has always been part of the territory for Faulkner.

But this season the West Palm Beach, Fla. native says she walks the walk, and talks the talk.

"If I'm out of a play during practice I'm walking up and down the sidelines just like Coach [McNelis], talking and telling them 'go here, go there, good job' - just being Coach," says Faulkner.

Faulkner may be more vocal than she was this time last year, but she still lets her play do most of the talking.

"You see, it's 'no look' passes like these - that have helped Faulkner become such an unstoppable force in her senior year," says WHLT's Jeff Haeger.

"That's where she, personally, has elevated her game, because she has a better understanding of who can catch what pass, who can get the ball and score it at what position," says Southern Miss head women's basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis.

Better chemistry is not only paying dividends on the scoreboard, but on the stat sheet as well.

Heading into Wednesday's match-up with Old Dominion, No. 1 leads the entire nation with exactly nine assists per game.

But it is Faulkner's responsibility to her teammates that supercedes statistical output.

"Let Jamierra have the pressure, let Jamierra wear the pressure pants, let her be the one under the gun, and let us come in, relax and enjoy and have fun and play," says Lee-McNelis.

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To see where Faulkner stacks up amongst the nation's best, click here:  http://www.ncaa.com/stats/basketball-women/d1/current/individual/106

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