This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – A pair of Lady Eagles tallied double-doubles and head coach Joye Lee-Nelis recorded her 400th career win with a 70-53 win over Old Dominion Thursday evening in Reed Green Coliseum.
Southern Miss improved to 18-7 overall and 11-3 in C-USA play while ODU dropped to 14-10 and 7-6.
“Old Dominion was the closest, physically, to a Mississippi State because they are so big and so strong,” McNelis said. “You saw that in the second half when they went to our post one-on-one and took advantage of that.
“When you look at the scope of things, our young ladies competed hard,” said McNelis. “Kierra Jordan and Jernotay Clemons are competing as hard as you can ask them. We just need to tweak a few things and play a little bit better under control, but their willingness to compete was outstanding tonight. Our defense no doubt was our key. Our defense created opportunities for us to score.”
Jernotay Clemons scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Kierra Jordan added 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Tamara Jones chipped in nine points.
Old Dominion scored the first points of the game before the Lady Eagles came right back to score the next four in taking the lead. The teams traded baskets on three possessions before Southern Miss outscored the Lady Monarchs 19-5 over a span of 7:54 in running out to a double digit lead. The Lady Eagles ended the half on an 8-0 to take a 32-14 lead into the half.
Southern Miss extended its lead to 21 midway through the half as four different players contributed to the run. The Lady Eagles led 48-27 with 9:11 remaining when ODU began chipping away at the Lady Eagle lead. ODU outscored Southern Miss 14-6 in cutting the score to 54-41 with 4:40 remaining. For the remainder of the half, the team battled down the stretch as the Lady Eagles finished 6-of-6 from the free throw line and scored a basket in the final minute of the game.
Destinee Young led ODU with 18 points while Jennie Simms had 15 points and 13 rebounds. Tiffany Minor chipped in 12 points.
Southern Miss shot slightly better the ODU from the field, 39.4 percent to 28.8 percent. The Lady Eagles finished the game with a season-low eight turnovers and not committing any in the first half. ODU held the rebounding edge 48-45. Southern Miss had 22 points off 18 ODU turnovers and outscored the Lady Monarchs 36-28 in the paint.
Southern Miss returns to action on Saturday with a 4 p.m. tip against Charlotte.