Megan Brown’s Career Day Upends UTEP 60-53
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Megan Brown’s career-high 22 points helped Southern Miss (14-13, 6-8) upend UTEP (14-13, 5-9) 60-53 on Senior Day, snapping Southern Miss’ four-game losing streak.
The Slidell, La. native went six-of-10 from beyond the arc, establishing a new career-high and draining the most three-pointers since Brittny Norris knocked in seven at Marshall last season.
“I guess I was feeling it because they went in,” Megan Brown said. “I went to sleep burning because I couldn’t throw a rock in the ocean against FAU. I got in the gym and practiced and practice does make perfect. There were moments in the game where others did a lot too. I keep thinking of Alarie Mayze, Jayla King and Shonte Hailes. We don’t win without them on the court. I’m glad I made my shots, but they don’t happen without them there.”
Megan Brown notched her fourth career 20-point game, all of them coming this season, and is tied with King and Hailes for the most 20-point games during the 2017-2018 campaign. The redshirt junior also added four rebounds, an assist and a block.
King chipped in 10 points on four-of-eight shooting, bringing her 20 points shy of 1,000 career-points, and called a team-high five rebounds. King dished out a game-high three assists, marking just the third time she has lead the team in assists this year.
“I was ready to bounce back after FAU,” King said. “I knew we were going to have a good start because we took a test on our scouting report and everyone passed. We knew what were supposed to do, we executed our game plan, and we pushed the ball like we’re used to, though at times it was kind of slow, and that built up our confidence for our last two games.”
The other senior, Molly Brown, saw five minutes of action and in that time the Douglasville, Ga. came up with a huge block during a Southern Miss run and handed out one assist.
“To honor King and Molly Brown on Senior Day, and get a win for them, was a plus for us,” Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. “Molly Brown means so much to this program because of who she is and what she stands for. King plays with a tremendous amount of passion, a lot of heart, and the two of them will continue to rise during the stretch of our last two games.”
The 60 total points are the fewest the Lady Eagles have put up against UTEP in a win against Miners and Southern Miss now owns a three-game win streak against UTEP.
Southern Miss will be at home twice this week to finish out the regular season. The Lady Eagles will be in action on Thursday, March 1 against WKU at 6 p.m. CT and Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m. against FIU. Saturday’s game will be a doubleheader feature the Golden Eagles taking on LA Tech at 4:30. As always, fans can watch the games on CUSA.TV or listen to Josh West on the broadcast via The Score 1400 AM or the Southern Miss Game Day App starting 30 minutes before tipoff.