HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - For Brittany Dinkins, the end is near. The Conference USA tournament this week marked the beginning of the final stretch run of her Southern Miss career
In a moment of reflection, the Miami native said her time in Hattiesburg was crucial in her development on and off the court.
"When I think about it I reminisce," Dinkins said. "The four years that I had and how I fell and the times where I rose. This place has really molded me into the young lady and the women that I'm striving to be."
On the court Dinkins will end her career as one of USM's all time greats. She entered Friday's semifinal round game against Middle Tennessee just four points away from talking over the number ten spot on the program's all time scoring list.
"It's an awesome feeling," she said. "When I came in I just came in with a goal to just make a difference. Never was to try to even put my name in the record book. But to go down in the record book is very huge for me. I'm humbled to be in such a position and it lets me know that I will leave my legacy when I do leave. I will be remembered for something."
Dinkins was recently named C-USA's defensive player of the year. She insists this year goes deeper than any basketball accolades.
"It's things that has happened that I've been successful off the court (with)," she said. "And to me that's more important that I focused in on. Things off the court that has been tremendous and helped me to be who I am this year on the court."
Dinkins along with fellow senior Lashyra Cotton showcased their senior leadership Thursday in USM's come from behind victory over Old Dominion. The pair tallied 25 and 21 points respectively.
Just the latest impressive performance in a USM career that will soon end for Dinkins.
"Brittany Dinkins and Lashyra Cotton have shown resilience and perseverance," USM head coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "They have pressed on and they are truly two examples of people that come through our program, grow as people, handle adversity, overcome whatever comes their way and keep their eyes on their ultimate goal.