Southern Miss Stays Perfect With a 74-54 Defeat of Centenary
Sunday, December 21, 2003

Shreveport—Southern Miss won its tenth consecutive game and improved its record to 10-0 on the season with a 74-54 victory over the Centenary Ladies on Sunday afternoon. The Ladies attempted a school-record 35 three-pointers in the loss, converting on just nine attempts for a shooting percentage of 25.7 percent.

Centenary (1-9) stunned the visitors early as the Ladies jumped out to an 18-7 lead. The Ladies held an advantage for the first 16 minutes of play until Michelle Poindexter reeled off five straight points to put the Golden Eagles in front at 27-25. Southern Miss outscored the Ladies 16-3 to close out the first half with an eight-point lead.

Poindexter single-handedly kept her team in the game in the opening period as she scored 14 points in the half. The Golden Eagles shot 50 percent in the second half and took advantage of Centenary’s poor shooting to put the game away. Southern Miss’ biggest lead would reach 27 points before the Ladies posted an 11-4 run to finish the contest.

Tierra Lassiter used a nine-point second half effort to finish with a game-high 17 points. Her ten rebounds made her one of two Golden Eagles to earn a double-double on the afternoon as Poindexter collected 15 points and ten boards. Denise Wilson added 14 points while Allison Story contributed ten points in the win.

No Centenary player reached double figures in the losing effort. Whitney Rushing, Carly Melvin, and Holli Wilkins each scored nine points as Tori Alloway and Julie Danieles pitched in eight points.

The Ladies will take a nine-day break for the Christmas holiday before returning to the Gold Dome to host Birmingham-Southern on Dec. 30th at 7 p.m.