Southern Miss' senior point guard Jamierra Faulkner (West Palm Beach, Fla.) received the C Spire Gillom Trophy awarded to the top women's collegiate basketball player in Mississippi.
Faulkner becomes the first Southern Miss player to earn the award and has helped Southern Miss post its most wins since the 1993-94 season. The 12 Conference USA wins are the most league wins in a season.
"I am very honored to receive this award," Faulkner stated. "There was a lot of hard work that went into this, and it shows that all my hard work has paid off. I would like to thank my coaches and teammates for help making me a better player."
"We are excited for Jamierra," head coach Joy Lee-McNelis said. "That is an honor that is well deserved; not only because of who she is, but because of the wonderful player she has become for Southern Miss. This award represents a great lady in Peggy Gillom. Jamierra Faulkner has been the heart and soul of this team, and she has been a difference maker in our program. I believe without her, our program would not be as successful."
Faulkner is a finalist to the prestigious 2014 Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year. The West Palm Beach, Fla., native leads the NCAA in assists per game (8.5). She was named to her second consecutive Preseason All-Conference USA First Team by the league, as well as Preseason All-Conference USA by College Sports Madness. Faulkner set a career-high in assists (17) with the top single-game performance in the nation this year, which tied the C-USA record and broke the Southern Miss single game record. The senior was named College Sports Madness Mid-Major National Player of the Week and MVP of Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic.
She registered a career-high in points with the fourth-most ever in a game at Southern Miss (39). Against Old Dominion, Faulkner broke the nearly 16-year old Lady Eagle record for made three-point field goals in a game with eight.
Faulkner has recorded double-digit assists or points in 26 of her teams 28 games this season when at full strength and has 12 double-digit assists performances and 23 games in double-digit scoring. She is the Southern Miss all-time career steals leader (348) and second in Conference USA. The senior is the only player at Southern Miss to top the 800-assist plateau and only the second player in Conference USA to accomplish the feat. She is third all-time in scoring at Southern Miss with 1,940 and eighth all-time in Conference USA. Her 238 assists set a single season school and C-USA record.