USM Lady Eagles looking for revenge in Thursday matchup

USM Lady Eagles looking for revenge in Thursday matchup

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - On Thursday at Reed Green Coliseum, the Lady Eagles will play Western Kentucky, and there's a little bit of bad blood left over from this matchup in 2015.

"The last time we played Western Kentucky it was a heartbreaking moment for our players and our program as a whole," Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "There were just a few of them that were a part of that last year. Lashyra Cotton and Brittanny Dinkins were definitely a part of that loss."

Junior Lashyra Cotton said, "Last time we played them we lost in the conference tournament, it was pretty devastating and it hurt a little bit, so hopefully we can get a little revenge."

The Golden Eagles lost to the Hilltoppers in a close one 60-57 in the conference tournament championship in 2015, but this time the black and gold have home court advantage.

"It's the last two games that we'll have the opportunity of playing right here in Reed Green," McNelis said. "Our fans have been extremely loyal, they've seen us play extremely well at home and we have."

Not only would a win set the record straight, but it would bring some much needed momentum headed into the Conference USA tournament.

"We were trying to strive for five, and of course we lost at North Texas, but we're just trying to finish the regular season off good," freshman guard Keri Jewett-Giles said.

"The important thing about it is to gain momentum and feel good about ourselves going into the conference tournament. That's what makes these two games so important," McNelis said.

"It's very important, Western Kentucky is going to be a very tough game and we could use our fan support," Cotton said.

"We need a lot of fans here tomorrow night at 6 o'clock to help bring us some energy and get these lady eagles ready to play," McNelis said.