HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team ran past Lamar 75-60 in the first round of the WNIT Thursday night.
Southern Miss improved to 27-6 overall, tying the most wins in school history with the victory. Lamar ended the season with an 18-13 record.
Freshman Brittanny Dinkins led the Lady Eagles with 17 points while Tamara Jones and Jamierra Faulkner added 14 points each. Markia Nix chipped in 10 points off the bench. Faulkner also added 13 assists, tying the WNIT record for most assists in a game in recording her 12th double-double of the season. Kierra Jordan pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.
Southern Miss finished the game shooting 56.9 percent from the field and out-scored Lamar 52-24 points in the paint. The Lady Eagles also outscored Lamar 22-0 in fast break points.
Southern Miss ran out to a 7-0 lead before Lamar used a 14-6 run over 4:24 in taking a 16-15 lead. The Lady Eagles regrouped, scoring the next six points to regain the lead. Southern Miss eventually pushed the lead to double digits, 33-23, before the Lady Cardinals fought back to within 33-33 using eight consecutive points. The Lady Eagles ended the half on an 8-0 run for the 41-31 halftime lead.
Southern Miss opened the second half on a Jones three as the teams traded baskets for the first four minutes. With the home team leading 46-37, the Lady Eagles put together a 13-2 run in which Clemons, Jones and Dinkins accounted for the 13 points. Lamar was able to whittle the lead to 15 using the three-ball.
JaMeisha Edwards led Lamar with a game-high 19 points while Gia Ayers added 16 and Kiandra Bowers chopped in 16. Dominique Edwards pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.
Southern Miss will now hit the road for a re-match at Mississippi State on Monday, March 24 for a 7 p.m. game.
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