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Tulsa loses again at Southern Miss

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University of Tulsa Sports Information Department

The Tulsa women dropped their fifth straight game after losing 91-73 to Southern Miss Saturday in Starkville, Miss.

The Golden Hurricane (10-12 overall, 4-7 in Conference USA) could not contain Tamara Jones, who had a double-double with a game-high 40 points and 10 rebounds. Other two-figure scorers were Jerontay Clemons with 13, Jamierra Faulkner had 11 and Voche' Marin put up 10 for Southern Miss and Faulkner had 14 assists.

Ashley Clarke produced a career-high 21 points for TU, Kelsee Grovey scored 17 and Mariah Turner finished with 13.

"I was pleased with the way we shot the ball and the way we handled their pressure," Tulsa coach Matilda Mossman said. "Offensively we stayed composed and I thought we did a lot of good things. Jamierra Faulkner worked us down defensively. She found the open guy every single time. When you are working so hard to guard her, you forget about the people around her, and she makes the people around her better."

TU had control early, leading by as much as 13 points when it owned a 27-14 after a jumper from Liesl Spoerl with 9:04 remaining in the first half.

The lead would evaporate from that point. Tulsa was still at halftime 43-42, but the Golden Eagles (19-5, 8-3) eventually pulled ahead. They got their first lead on a basket by Jamierra Faulkner over two minutes into the first half. The Golden Hurricane would get it back on a 3-pointer from Grovey, making the score 50-48.

Tulsa got another lead at 53-50 after a trey from Kadan Brady with 14:49 left in the game.

TU fell behind for good when a layup from Vouche Martin put Southern Miss up 56-55 with 13:05 left. The Golden Eagles surged from that point.

The Golden Hurricane finished shooting 48 percent (27-of-56) from the field, 57 percent (8-of-14) in 3-pointers and 55 percent (11-of-20) in free throws.

Southern Miss shot 54 percent (35-of-65) from the field, 31 percent (4-of-13) from 3-point range and was 94 percent (17-of-18) from the foul line.

Tulsa returns home Wednesday to meet Louisiana Tech. Game time is at 7 p.m.

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