Nov. 21, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team finished the game shooting 59.1 percent from the field and scored 66 points in the paint in running past New Orleans, 85-37, Sunday afternoon.
Junior college transfer Rachel Vigers led Southern Miss (2-1) with a game-high 29 points followed by Tandrea High with 13 points off the bench. Niesha Pierce chipped in 10 points. Ewa Urbanowska led the team with nine rebounds.
Mirjam Sipos and Kiedra Brocks scored 10 points apiece for the Privateers.
"I believe we made a lot of strides in several areas," Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "It was disappointing to have as many turnovers in the first half as we did, but it was positive to come out the second half and limit out turnovers. I felt like we could have done a better job of rebounding in the first half, particularly on the offensive boards. We did a better job in the second half of limiting their (UNO) second chance points."
The Lady Eagles ran out to 10-0 lead in the first 4:30 of the game with four different players contributing to the run. UNO got on the board with a three-pointer by Mijam Sipos. The Lady Eagles doubled their lead to 29-9 using a 19-6 run over six minutes. USM led 41-19 at the half behind a 23 point outburst by Vigers.
"We were able to get out and run the lanes hard and get some baskets on the run," McNelis said. "We also needed to work on our half court offense, so we limited out running in the second half. I applaud our players for being patient in that matter so that we could get through some of our offensive sets. We were able to look at some combinations of groups playing together and seeing how they would respond in certain situations. We tried to get a lot of players some minutes."
Southern Miss opened the second scoring the first 10 in pushing the lead to 51-19 before the first media timeout. The Lady Eagles followed that run with another 12-4 run over a four-minute span with Brittany Johnson capping off the run making two-of-three free throws.
Southern Miss led by as many as 52 points, 77-25, with 5:33 remaining in the game. Ten of the 11 players scored at least two points.
The Lady Eagles won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Privateers, 46-28.
Southern Miss returns to action when they host their annul Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic, Nov. 26-27. The Lady Eagles open the tournament with Louisiana-Lafayette at 5 p.m., followed by Murray State taking on No. 9/10 Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. The consolation game is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, with the championship game scheduled for a 4:30 p.m., start.
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