Nov. 13, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- -
Five Lady Eagle players scored in double figures, leading Southern Miss past McNeese State, 94-52, Tuesday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
Pauline Love led Southern Miss with her second straight double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Stephanie Helgeson scored 16 points. Rounding out the remaining scorers was Andrea Barber with 15 points, Kendra Reed 14 and Tanesha Washington 12.
Brittany Boone and Marcy Robinson led the Cowgirls (0-2) with 10 points apiece.
Southern Miss (2-0) finished the game with 15 turnovers, half the amount in the season opener (31).
"We talked about how important it was for us to do a good job of taking care of the basketball tonight," Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "I thought our players did a good job of taking care of the ball in both halves."
The Lady Eagles set the tone early, scoring the first 10 points of the game. McNeese finally scored its first points on a jumper by Courtnee' Hollins at the 15:45 mark. Southern Miss pushed its lead to 17 points, before McNeese scored seven unanswered points, cutting the lead to nine, 28-19, 6:01 before the half.
From there, Helgeson and Washington combined for 9-of-the-next 16 points, helping Southern Miss to a 21-point advantage, 44-23, just before the half. Helgeson put the finishing touches of the half, scoring the last four points to send the Lady Eagles into intermission with a 48-24 lead.
"We had several players play well for us tonight," McNelis said. "Andrea played well for us in the two-guard position tonight. I thought she made a difference for us and she did a great job there."
Southern Miss opened the second in similar fashion to the first half, outscoring McNeese 12-2 over the first five minutes and building a 34-point lead, 60-26.
"I believe we got some good play out of our post game," said McNelis. "Liz and Stephanie give us the size that we haven't had in quite sometime."
All eight Lady Eagle players scored in the game. Southern Miss finished the game shooting an impressive 57.6 percent from the field, including 55 percent from three-point range, while holding the Cowgirls to 34.6 percent from the field. The 11 three-pointer scored by the Eagles are the most since the team connected on 10 against Marshall, Jan. 7, 2007. The Lady Eagles also handed out 29 assists, led by Reed with six.
Southern Miss returns to action on Friday, hosting Mercer at 7 p.m.