SAN ANTONIO, TX (WDAM) _ Thirteen University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagles stepped on the basketball court at the Convocation Center at the University of Texas-San Antonio Thursday night.
Each scored at least two points as USM rolled to its sixth victory in its last eight games with a 70-45 Conference USA decision over the Lady Roadrunners.
USM (14-11, 6-6 C-USA) led 19-15 after the first quarter before seizing control of the game by outscoring UTSA 20-8 in the third quarter.
The Lady Eagles built on their 16-point halftime lead to hand the Lady Roadrunners their ninth consecutive loss.
Junior forward Respect Leaphart was the lone Lady Eagle in double figures, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds. But USM got contributions up and down the lineup.
Senior wing Megan Brown scored eight points and handed out seven assists and junior point guard Shonte Hailes finished with eight points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Junior guard Alaire Mayze added seven points, five assists and four steals, while sophomore forward Kennedy Gavin and freshman forward Shania Edgecombe collected four rebounds each.
The Lady Roadrunners committed 21 turnovers, which the Lady Eagles turned into 28 direct points and helped account for the heft of USM’s offense taking place down low in the paint. The Lady Eagles scored 42 points, or 60 percent of their production, in the lane.
The short-range baskets and breakaway bunnies helped USM shoot 53.2 percent from the floor, including 57.7 percent in the second half. In contrast, the Lady Eagles went 0-for-9 from 3-point range and made just 4-of-11 attempts from the foul line.
UTSA, which shot just 33 percent from the floor, got 10 points and three rebounds from Ryann Stearns, seven points and 10 rebounds from Tija Hawkins and six points and seven rebounds from Evelyn Omemmah.
USM will remain on the road, traveling to El Paso, Texas, to take on the University of Texas-El Paso at noon Saturday.