HATTIESBURG, MS (WLBT) - The Lady Eagles defeated the Roadrunners of UTSA on senior day, 72-39, with Megan Brown scoring her 1,000th career point. It was a storybook ending to Southern Miss’ home schedule.
The Lady Eagles (17-11, 9-6) played well from the start, winning the tip and Shonte Hailes scoring the first bucket of the game. Southern Miss never trailed, and the Lady Eagles had 30 points in the paint. USM scored 31 points off UTSA's 22 turnovers. Both UTSA and Southern Miss had 40 rebounds. Three players scored in double-figures, with Megan Brown and Shonte Hailes both scoring 12 points. Megan Brown most notably hit her 1,000th point, now with 1,001 in her career. Brown joins the ranks of 26 other Lady Eagles in the 1,000 point club. The bench came to play, with 28 points coming off the bench. All but one player scored against the Roadrunners, with all players seeing playing time. Brown also led the team in rebounds with six. Hailes continued her assisting ways, finishing with five for the 15th time this season, and leading in assists for the 22nd time this season.
A 33-point win for the Lady Eagles solidified their home schedule, finishing with a 12-6 record in Reed Green Coliseum. Southern Miss finished 5-3 when playing Conference USA opponents at home. The Lady Eagles are now on a four-game winning streak, three of which have occurred on their home court. Overall, USM is now 9-4 when wearing white, 12-9 when winning the opening tip and 12-5 when scoring first. Southern Miss led at the half, scored more 3-pointers, made more free throws, swiped more steals and forced more turnovers than the Roadrunners.
The Lady Eagles travel to Charlotte, N.C. to take on the 49ers on Thursday, March 7 with tip set for 6pm CT. After Charlotte, the Lady Eagles will head to Frisco, Texas for the Conference USA Championship.