PRESS RELEASE FROM SOUTHERN MISS ATHLETICS
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss women's basketball team used a 13-2 run over 1:53 down the stretch help the Lady Eagles defeat Mississippi Valley State 69-51 in non-conference action Wednesday night.
Southern Miss improved to 3-0 on the early season while Mississippi Valley dropped to 0-3.
“I thought Mississippi Valley played well tonight,” Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. “The shot the ball well and they kicked out behind on the boards. There is no excuse for that. The thing that's probably most frustrating is the level of inconsistent intensity we had. It was not what we needed it to be.
“We made some bad decisions with our shooting and it became difficult on ourselves. The area that we improved on was not turning the ball over. We had only nine and that's huge for us,” said McNelis.
Lashyra Cotton led the way with 14 points off the bench while Ashley Folsom and Jerontay Clemons added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Clemons also led the team in rebounds with seven and pocketed six steals.
Southern Miss got out of the gates early taking a double-figure lead eight minutes into the game. Over a 5:30 span, the Lady Eagles outscored the Delta Devils 12-2 in taking a commanding 35-14 lead. Valley was able to trim the lead to 15 as the Lady Eagles led 40-15 at the half on 51.6 percent shooting.
Southern Miss quickly pushed its lead to 20, 46-26, before Mississippi Valley countered with a 15-3 over that cut the lead to eight points, 51-43. During that stretch, Southern Miss did not convert one field and scored only one points.
After a Lady Eagle timeout, Southern Miss regrouped and turned up the defense as Clemons ignited a 13-2 run over 1:53 to help seal the win.
A'Shanti Weathers led all scorers with a game-high 17 points while Ashley Beals had 15 points to go with 10 rebounds.
The Lady Eagles finished the night shooting 40.6 percent for the game. Southern Miss committed only nine turnovers but forced MVSU into 35 turnovers that led to 23 points. The Black and Gold bench outscored the visitors 34-4.