Southern Miss Falls to No. 7 Mississippi State in Starkville
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss women's basketball team fell 91-56 to the No. 7 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs Sunday afternoon.
"The way that Mississippi State shot the ball in the first quarter I think they could win a national championship," said Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "We tried our zone and our zone didn't work because they shot it so well. We tried man and again we were outmatched, but we knew that coming in. We didn't start well. It was like we were shaking in our shoes. That put us in situations that created easy opportunities for them."
The Lady Eagles went on a 10-4 run to start the second quarter, scoring more points in 4 minutes and 13 seconds than they did in the entire first quarter.
Shonte Hailes was the first to hit double-figures, finishing with 10 points, two steals and game high five assists. This is the fourteenth game that Hailes has been the team's highest distributor.
Megan Brown also had a double-figure scoring game to match Hailes and notched a game-high 11 points, the third time the Slidell, La. native has paced the team in points.
Sophomore Respect Leaphart got her first career start and tallied four points, four rebounds and a helper. The Lady Eagles also distributed the ball amongst themselves with nine players all registering points.
Molly Brown had career day from the three-point line, going two-of-four from downtown, tallying eight total points, one shy of tying her career high.
The Lady Eagles will be at home twice this week for the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic. Southern Miss plays its first game of the classic on Friday at 6 p.m. against Alcorn State. The following day, the Lady Eagles will see Alabama State at 4 p.m. With the pregame show starting 30 minutes prior tip, fans can hear Josh West on the call on WFOR 1400 AM The Score, The Southern Miss Game Day App and CUSA.TV.