USM defeats Old Dominion, 84-69; Dinkins sets another career high


HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Lady Eagles played their first conference home game of the season Thursday night against Old Dominion, and defeated the Lady Monarchs, 84-69.

But, one Lady Eagle had herself a career night.

Last game against UTEP, senior guard, Brittanny Dinkins scored a career high of 29 points. Against Old Dominion, she scored another career high. This time, she scored 32 points.

Dinkins said, "you got to make the people proud. You got to give the people what they want. So, for me, that was more of my energy wise. Everybody that I touched, I wanted to dish off the same thing. So, for me to get them early buckets, to get that dish, that set the spark for me."

The Lady Eagles played great defense and forced 21 steals, and scored 33 of their 84 points off of turnovers.

"I can't be any more proud of this team than being able to press the way we did. And, then having the opportunity to be able to create baskets out of our defense," said head coach, Joye Lee-McNelis.

Dinkins helped out her team in every way she could.

She had ten steals and dished out eight assists, enabling her team to win their third game-in-a-row.

"My focus was just to get the job done. When you can do that and you can buy in and believe the scheme, for her (Coach Lee-McNelis) to trust me defensively. To do that, I just took more pride in it and withhold the task, and just did what I had to do," said Dinkins.

The Lady Eagles will look to capture their fourth straight win Saturday against Charlotte.

Tipoff is at 4 p.m.

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