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Women's Basketball Ends Season in Double Overtime Loss to Mississippi State 74-66

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State outscored Southern Miss 9-1 in the second overtime in defeating the Lady Eagles 74-66 in the second round of the WNIT Monday night.

Southern Miss ended the 2013-14 season with a 27-7 record, a plus-12 wins over last season. Mississippi State improved to 21-13 and will face Auburn on Thursday night in the third round.

Jamierra Faulkner led the Lady Eagles with a team-high 20 points to go with six assists and six steals while Tamara Jones added 11 points. Jerontay Clemons and Brittanny Dinkins finished with 10 points each.

Southern Miss trailed 55-52 with 1:51 remaining when Jones connected on a three-pointer to tie the game at 55-55. For the last 1:22 neither team was able to muster any offense.

In the first overtime, State scored the first four points in taking a 59-55 lead. Voche' Martin and Faulkner scored back-to-back baskets to tie the game at 59-59 with 2:35 remaining. The Bulldogs hit four-of-four free throws got a bucket to take a four-point advantage 65-61 with 1:06 remaining, but Jones connected on another three with seconds to go to cut the two 64-63. Southern Miss unable to secure the rebound off a missed shot and eventually fouled. State could not convert the free throws, giving life to the Lady Eagles. With eight second remaining, Clemons was fouled and made only one-of-two from the line to force a second overtime.

In the second overtime, it was all Mississippi State as the Bulldogs hit a pair of free throws before Jerica James hit a three-pointer for a 70-65 lead. The Lady Eagles managed only to score a free throw in the final 1:55 of the overtime as State out-scored Southern Miss, 9-1.

Neither team shot well from the floor, however, Southern Miss shot better than the Bulldogs 37.3 percent to 32.0 percent. State won the battle of the boards 53-47 and outscored the Lady Eagles 17-5 on second chance points.

GAME NOTES:

  • Southern Miss finished the season 27-7, tying the most wins in the school history
  • Jamierra Faulkner finished her career as the all-time leader in assists with 863, steals 366 and third in points (2,056)
  • Jamierra Faulkner moved into seventh all-time in Conference USA in scoring (2,056)
  • This is the first double-overtime game this season
  • Southern Miss had played four overtimes games this season
  • Four Lady Eagles scored in double figures with Faulkner 20 points, Tamara Jones 11, Jerontay Clemons 10 and Brittanny Dinkins 10
  • Faulkner finished with six steals

Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis Quotes

"Congratulations to Mississippi State it was a great win for them. I thought it was a heck of a ball game. I think anybody in the state of Mississippi that wanted to see good basketball that wasn't here missed out. It was a very hard-fought game. I thought both teams played with tremendous effort. I thought we executed offensively and so did they. I just think it was a great basketball game. In the final overtime was basically the difference in the game. They did a great of executing and we had some slippage and were not able to do the things necessary to get that victory."

"I'm very proud of how hard this team played and what we were able to do play as well as we did. Again, hats off to Mississippi State."

 

Shirley J. Hill

Associate Director

Athletic Media Relations

118 College Drive, #5017

Hattiesburg, MS  39406-0001

Office: 601-266-4506

Cell: 601-520-3708

Fax: 601-266-4507

shirley.jones-hill@usm.edu

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