The Lady Eagles snap their three-game losing streak
Hattiesburg, Miss. - The Lady Eagles faced the UTSA Roadrunners on Saturday for a chance at redemption after they lost on the road to them a few weeks ago.
Guard, Brittanny Dinkins said, "We have nothing to lose. Coach today said 'strive for five.' That meaning we got five games left. Obviously we want to get all of them. Like I said before, just a little bit more of whatever it is that you have, it was just time to give it all."
In the first quarter, the Lady Eagles were trying to find their rhythm, both offensively and defensively. But in the second quarter, everything started to go Southern Miss's way.
Head coach, Joye Lee-McNelis said, "That was the struggle that we had at their place, is trying to guard them for a full 30 seconds. In just like the second quarter, our defense created a lot of those easy baskets for us. And that's how we score best."
The Lady Eagles played great defense and went on a spectacular 26-4 run in the second quarter.
The play from Dinkins and Jenkins in the first half was incredible. Dinkins scored 14 points and Jenkins scored 15 points in the first half.
It's safe to say that these two ladies helped their team enjoy a 37-20 lead at halftime.
Dinkins said "we was patient in making the extra pass and playing inside-out, we were effective. And when something works, you want to keep going back to it. And you want to keep executing. So that was a big bonus for us to share the ball and feeding the hot hand."
In the second half, the Lady Eagles continued to have the hot hand, which led to more and more execution.
The Roadrunners were trying to climb back into the game, but the Lady Eagles team effort and the dominating double-double performances from Dinkins and Jenkins were just too much for UTSA to handle.
Lee-McNelis said "with this team, I've always said we're learning a lot as a coaching staff. We're learning how to be patient, more patient than probably I've ever had to be and so when we get a win, we get excited about it and our goal is 'strive for five.' That's what we're focusing on."
The three-game losing streak comes to an end for Southern Miss as the Lady Eagles defeated UTSA, 65-53.
The ladies play at Rice Thursday night where they are hoping to get their first road win of the season.