HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Junior point guard Shonte Hailes scored 27 points and handed out five assists to guide the University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagles to a 71-57 Conference USA victory Thursday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
Senior wing Megan Brown posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore forward Respect Leaphart added 11 points and five rebounds as the Lady Eagles (12-10, 4-5 C-USA) posted their third consecutive conference win by double digits.
USM, which made seven of its first 12 shots from 3-point range, jumped out quickly, taking a 20-10 lead after one quarter and holding 39-20 halftime lead. The Lady Eagles held their largest lead at 23 points in the third quarter.
Freshman forward Ce’Nare Skanes had a double-double for the Lady Panthers (3-18, 0-8) with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Paula Orenes added 10 points and two steals while junior guard Bre’osha Scott contributed nine points, six rebounds and a game-high seven assists.
The Lady Eagles remain home this weekend, welcoming Florida Atlantic University for a 4 p.m. tip Saturday.