Memphis Falls to Southern Miss, 62-54
Feb. 2, 2012
Krishunda Harvey recorded the first double-double of her career, recording career-high totals in points and rebounds with 10-apiece.
Cold shooting plagued Memphis all evening and the Tigers finished the game 19-for-77 (24.7 percent) from the floor and 5-of-26 (19.2 percent) from three-point land. Despite forcing USM into 32 turnovers, the U of M allowed Southern Miss to connect on 25-of-50 (50.0 percent) of its field-goal attempts and 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) beyond the arc. The Tigers outscored the Golden Eagles 28-12 in points off turnovers, but were outscored in both fast-break points, 25-6, and points in the paint, 28-22.
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir scored a team-high 11 points and Nicole Dickson and Jasmine Lee each chipped in 10. Four of the five Memphis starters scored in double-digits, but senior Brittany Carter missed the game due to injury.
Memphis struggled to find its touch in the first half, connecting on just 25.0 percent (10-of-40) of its field-goal attempts, but managed to maintain a one-point lead at halftime, 26-25. The Tigers forced 16 first-half turnovers and limited Southern Miss to 34.5 percent (10-of-29) shooting, allowing them to hold the halftime advantage.
Jamierra Faulkner was the catalyst for Southern Miss, scoring 20 points and handing out 10 assists. Faulkner also committed 11 turnovers in the game. Tanecka Carey added 17 points and Nitesha Pierce narrowly missed a double-double with 13 points and nine boards.
Memphis has a quick turnaround between games, with a scheduled battle against UCF at 4:00 p.m. (CT) this Saturday. As a part of the Play 4Kay cancer-awareness initiative organized by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, the Tigers will be donning special pink uniforms. The women's game will follow the Memphis and Xavier men's basketball game at FedExForum.