Southern Miss Clipped 61-56 by Samford
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southern Miss women’s basketball team fell short, 61-56, in a seesaw battle at Samford Tuesday afternoon. The contest featured 11 ties and 12 lead changes.
“We must control our own destiny, and we didn’t today,” said Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis. “We turned the ball over too much and they scored 30 points off of our 26 turnovers. That’s not Lady Eagle basketball. We shot the ball very well, but we only had six offensive boards. Those are two things I’m disappointed in.”
The teams exchanged blows for the duration of the game, each team never pulling ahead by more than five points, but a Bulldog three-pointer with 18 seconds remaining in the game gave Samford its final push.
Megan Brown dropped 17 points, tallying a new season-high and tying her career-high, on eight field goals made, also a career-high. This is the fourth time that the Slidell, La. native has been the team’s leading scorer during the 2017-18 campaign. Brown’s six helpers tops her previous career number set against Mississippi Valley State earlier in the year.
“Megan did a great job stepping up and putting us on her back,” McNelis said.
Amber Landing set a new career mark with 12 total points, six of them coming on three consecutive Southern Miss possessions in the last 10 minutes. Landing turned away three shots in the contest and has had at least three swats in six games this season. This afternoon’s contest brings her season block total to 26.
Southern Miss shot a season-best 56 percent from the floor and held Samford to 36 percent, the eighth time an opponent has completed less than 40 percent of their shots against the Lady Eagles. The Southern Miss tenacious defense also held the Bulldogs to the fewest field goals attempts by any Black and Gold opponent this season.
The Lady Eagles, now 7-4 on the season, will hop on I-20 and head east for a Thursday morning meeting with the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech. The contest will tip off at 11 a.m. CT and will be broadcast on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN App through the ACC Network. Fans can also hear Josh West on the radio call starting 30 minutes before tip on The Score 1400 and the Southern Miss Game Day App.