Bowling Green, Ky. -- The Southern Miss Women's Basketball team (14-9, 6-5) lost 79-53 to the WKU Lady Toppers (17-6, 9-2) Thursday afternoon.
The first half was a tightly contested affair with four ties and a pair of lead changes. The Lady Eagles and Lady Toppers headed to their locker rooms at halftime with the score notched at 26-23.
WKU created separation in the third quarter by turning on a full court press that the Lady Eagles couldn't break. The press resulted in a 16-0 run that lasted four minutes.
"You try to weather that storm, because you never know what's going to happen the way play, making comebacks, but they beat us at our own game," said head coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "It all happened in the third quarter and that was the difference maker."
Brittanny Dinkins netted 17 total points, leading the Lady Eagles, and moved into thirteenth on the Lady Eagles All-Time Scoring list. Dinkins has scored at least 16 points in the past 10 games.
Jayla King led the Lady Eagles on the glass, the thirteenth time this season, with seven total rebounds.
Southern Miss heads home for contests against UTSA on Thursday Feb. 9 at 6:00 p.m. and UTEP on Saturday Feb. 11 at 4:00 p.m. Starting 30 minutes before tip, Lady Eagle fans can hear Josh West on the radio broadcast for the game on WFOR 1400 AM.
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