Southern Miss Drops 63-44 Contest to Georgia Tech
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Southern Miss women’s basketball was defeated 63-44 by Georgia Tech in the second ever meeting between the two programs.
“We just couldn’t get anything going,” said Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis. “But we can’t win if we don’t play with a fire in our belly. There were several sections, even if the second half, where we able to execute, but, again, we couldn’t get it going.”
The Lady Eagles were the first team to get on the scoreboard when Jayla King cut through the lane and dropped a floater. The redshirt senior would end the day with 13 points, a team high, and four rebounds. She also made her first three-point field goal of the season.
Southern Miss continued its fight in the second quarter by holding the Yellow Jackets scoreless for 5:57 and forcing four Georgia Tech turnovers in the same period of time. The Lady Eagles were able to rip off a run while its defense shined and had the Yellow Jackets within seven, 32-25, headed to the locker room at half.
Georgia Tech pushed off in the third quarter and extend its lead by countering with three quarter court defensive pressure. The weight of the Yellow Jacket defense held the Lady Eagles to just four points in the period, including Southern Miss going scoreless for more than seven minutes, creating a gap that was too far to bridge.
Nine total Lady Eagles all tallied points in the score book and Georgia native Molly Brown made a career-tying two three-pointers, finishing with 8 total points. Shonte Hailes paced the team in assists for the ninth time this season, dishing seven total helpers. Amber Landing also knocked in six points, the fifth time she’s scored at least six points this season.
Southern Miss will head home for Christmas break and will return to action on Dec. 30 against Blue Mountain. The game will tip off at 4 p.m. Fans can watch the game on CUSA.TV or listen to the broadcast via The Score 1400 AM and the Southern Miss Game Day App.