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Big team effort helps Lady Eagles dominate Middle Tennessee


HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Lady Eagles defeated Middle Tennessee Thursday night by a score of 81-61.

It was surely an impressive performance.

Head coach, Joye Lee-McNelis said, "I guess we just waited 'til this game to bring the best game that was played all year. They played extremely well. We really did. And, I think this is something we've got to build on."

Southern Miss shot 57 percent from the field and had 29 bench points, large in-part to guard, Keri Jewett-Giles' 20-point performance.

"I've just been in the gym lately and it helped build my confidence. My teammates got me the ball and I put up a lot of shots. So, that's all it is, me hitting some shots in the game," said Jewett-Giles.

Guard, Brittanny Dinkins scored 21 points and had five assists on the night. And, she became fourth all-time in three-pointers made in Southern Miss women's basketball history.

"To be able to be up there in them numbers like that is a blessing. So, I appreciate it," said Dinkins.

The team wants to be consistent and play every game to the best of their abilities.

"Hopefully this reminds us really who we are. And then we want to stay there. It should really put a stamp on who we are as Southern Miss women's basketball. And from here, we should capitalize and go further," said Dinkins.

The Lady Eagles will face UAB Saturday and are hoping for a repeat performance.

Tipoff is at 4 p.m.

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