Returners Shine As Southern Miss Tops Antelope Valley 74-55
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss Women's Basketball topped the Pioneers of Antelope Valley 73-55 in the Lady Eagle's only exhibition game of the season.
Hailes led all scorers with 18 and Brown logged a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Newcomer Alarie Mayze chipped in 16 points in her first game wearing a Southern Miss jersey. The Lady Eagles had eight players register points and four racked up double-digit scoring figures.
"I started a little nervous, but I stuck with my strengths; attacking the basket, getting boards and focused on defense," Mayze said. "Coach McNelis has a high expectation in me leading the team of defense, so I'm just going to keep doing that. I'm also going to continue to work on my offense and the little details that are important."
The Arlington, Texas native snagged a game high five steals, shot 7-of-14 from the field, was perfect from the charity stripe and grabbed seven total rebounds.
"Alarie Mayze, coming off the bench, was truly a difference maker," McNelis said. "She was a great surprise. It was nice to see her come off the bench and have her give us the defensive surge we needed."
Double-digit getters Hailes, Brown and Mayze were joined by Amber Landing's 10 points. The Sharon, Miss. native also corralled eight rebounds and recorded a game-high three blocks.
Hailes proved to be the scorer that the Lady Eagles will need this season while shooting .500 from the floor and passing out a game-high six dimes.
"I feel like the team is the point guard," Hailes said. "If I go fast they go fast. My energy is their energy and that's what I focus on every day. Coach wanted us to push the ball so when we got the rebound they were on their heels. That was my cue to attack and, if the bigs step up, drop it to down to Amber or Jayla and they get a bucket."
Southern Miss pushed the pace on offense the whole game, tallying 50 points in the paint and 20 points off of 18 Pioneer turnovers.
Southern Miss begins the season one week from now, Nov. 10, with a Hattiesburg turf war against William Carey at 11 a.m.
Tickets for the upcoming season can be purchased online at SouthernMissTickets.com, or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-844-TICK (8425) as well as visiting the Pat Ferlise Ticket Center. With the pregame show starting 30 minutes prior, the game can be heard on WFOR 1400 AM The Score.