Jan. 31, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- With two chances to tie or take the lead in the final four seconds of the game, the UAB women’s basketball team failed to overcome a sluggish shooting performance in a 54-51 home loss to Southern Miss on Thursday.
The Blazers took their first lead of the contest, 48-46, with 4:36 remaining off a 3-point heave from senior guard Kelsie Weynand, setting up a back-and-forth ending.
USM snagged a 52-48 advantage thanks to four-straight points from guard Jamierra Faulkner before Weynand struck again with a layup to get her team within two points and just 36 seconds on the clock.
On the ensuing inbounds pass, Golden Eagle Jerontay Clemons fumbled the ball off her foot to give possession back to the Blazers. UAB was unable to capitalize on the gift from Clemons, however, setting up an Amber Jones foul and another inbounds pass from Southern Miss.
Much like the previous throw in, Clemons gave it right back to UAB as she crossed the baseline before passing the ball in play.
UAB’s Jones was then fouled in the act of shooting and missed one of two at the free-throw line to put the score at 52-51 in favor of the Golden Eagles.
Following another Southern Miss turnover, Weynand’s last grasp from 15 feet out fell short with three seconds to go as USM hit a pair of free-throws to claim a 54-51 win.
The Blazers, who shot a season-low 24 percent for the game, move to 13-6 overall and 4-2 in Conference USA, while Southern Miss improves to 12-8, 4-3 in league action.
With the loss, UAB drops its second-straight C-USA game at Bartow Arena and falls to 6-4 overall at home on the year.
The Green and Gold out-rebounded the Golden Eagles 23-10 on the offensive glass, but were outscored in the paint 28-12 for the game.
UAB also forced 22 Southern Miss turnovers, leading to 34 points for the Blazers.
Next up, UAB heads to Houston, Texas to take on Rice at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday.