Lady Eagles defeat UTSA in a thriller

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Lady Eagles hosted the Roadrunners of UTSA Thursday night.

Head coach, Joye Lee-McNelis did not coach this game, but that did not affect the team as they ended up beating UTSA, 74-71.

Assistant coach, Kiley Hill took over coaching duties for Lee-Mcnelis who was feeling under the weather.

The Lady Eagles did not let that stop them from having success.

“They've had a lot of different adjustments they had to make in the last 24-48 hours. But, I was really proud of their effort. We played so well for over three quarters that basketball game. And, then we let a couple things kind of rattle us a little bit. But, we were able to stay resilient and bounce back," said Hill.

Four of the five starters scored in double-digits.

One of those players was forward, Jalya King who scored 11 points and snagged 11 rebounds.

King said "I've been trying to be consistent this year because I know last year I was very inconsistent. So, I've been trying to work hard and get my teammates very involved. And try to get the boards when they miss, so we can get second chance points."

Adversity struck for the Lady Eagles late in the game as the Roadrunners came back. But, in the final seconds of the game with Southern Miss down by one, guard, Keri Jewett-Giles hit a baseline jumper to give them the lead, which helped the team secure a win.

"Just making a play at the last second trying to come up big for my team. B (Brittanny Dinkins) was coming off a screen. I rolled around, she didn't have it, and I ended up calling her name at the last minute, and she got it to me. And, I ended up making the shot," said Jewett-Giles.

The Lady Eagles have now won four out of their last five games and are trying to climb up the conference standings.

"I think our momentum has been hot. Even though we lost to Western (Kentucky) we still was kind of hyped going into that game, because we really want this third, fourth seed. So, we've been trying to get all the wins as we can, and not take any L's," said King.

The Lady Eagles will look to add to this momentum and to hopefully pick up another win Saturday against UTEP.

Tipoff is at 4 p.m.

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