Press release from Southern Miss Athletics
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Host and (8) UAB relied on a balanced scoring attack to post a wire-to-wire 64-46 victory against short-handed (9) Southern Miss in the second round of the 2016 Conference USA Championships inside Bartow Arena Wednesday morning.
The Blazers (15-15) advance to the quarterfinals to face top-seed UTEP (25-3) at 11 a.m. CT Thursday while the Lady Eagles conclude their campaign at 14-16.
Southern Miss was paced by a game-high 20 points from Brittany Dinkins. Lashyra Cotton pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Whytney Singleton (career-high 16 points) and 2016 C-USA second-team honorees Brittany Winborne (10 points) and Kayla Anderson (10 points) all hit double figures in scoring to lead the way for UAB.
UAB bolted to a 19-14 lead after the first quarter, with Anderson scoring eight points in the stretch. Dinkins used her quickness to get a steal and breakaway lay-up to start the second quarter on a high note for Southern Miss. The Blazers quickly pushed their lead back to seven (23-16, 8:01 second quarter) but Dinkins brought her squad to within four (23-19) after nailing a straight away three pointer.
UAB didn’t flinch, but instead countered by peeling off 10 straight points as part of an eventual 16-2 run wrapped around halftime to take control of the contest. Singleton scored 10 points in the surge, aided by two triples, and Lady Eagles could never recover.