Lady Eagle basketball off to 2-0 start

Lady Eagle basketball off to 2-0 start

HATTIESBURG, MS - On "Education Day" at Reed-Green Coliseum, Southern Miss took William Carey to school.

The Lady Eagles forced a school-record 46 turnovers, including 30 steals, en route to a 92-39 win over the Crusaders.

"Win games since we're so small with speed and have maximum effort in order to force turnovers and go get easy buckets," said Southern Miss sophomore guard Keri Jewett-Giles.

Giles had nine points and nine assists in the win which contributed to USM's 21 assists as a team. The Lady Eagles pride themselves on playing selfless, high intensity basketball. With 30 steals, 46 bench points and five different players scoring in double figures, Southern Miss is doing just that in its 2-0 start.

"I will tell you, it's not always been a bed of roses in our practices," said Southern Miss head coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "I'm not going to sit here and tell you a story because we've had to push them…I think as they learn that this can be their result, of making a standard, of leaving a legacy on energy and effort, then it's more buying in."

The Lady Eagles return to action on Thursday when they host Alabama State at 6 p.m.