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Women’s Basketball Signs Two in Early Period

Nov. 8, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss women’s basketball Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis announced the signing of Destiny Smith and Shania Edgecombe during the early period for the 2018-19 season.

Smith, a 2017-2018 Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen selection, is a 5-foot-11-inch wing player from McComb High School.

“Destiny Smith, a Mississippi girl, gives us another local player to wear the Black and Gold,” McNelis said. “Destiny is a multi-position player. On her high school team she plays in the post and on her club team she plays on the perimeter. Destiny’s experiences playing multiple positions gives her an opportunity to challenge current Lady Eagles at several positions. She can apply pressure on the perimeter with her defensive skills, shoot the three and get to the rim.”

Smith and the Tigers were the 4A Mississippi High School runners-up in 2016. That season she logged 10 points per game and grabbed eight boards a game.

“I chose Southern Miss because I believe I can show my full potential,” Smith said. “I loved the environment and the people there. My focus is to start my future and become successful at the University of Southern Mississippi.”

Edgecombe, a 6-foot-1-inch forward from Jacksonville, Fla., was a FHSSA 5A runner-up at Paxon High School and cut down the nets in 2017 when she was the FHSAA 6A state champion at Jean Ribault High School.

“Shania Edgecombe is a warrior on the glass,” McNelis said. “Her athleticism allows her to get rebounds and finish around the rim. She fits perfectly in our up-tempo style of play. She can play the front of our press on defense and can sprint the floor transition offense. She brings fast and furious to our program.”

Edgecombe, was named FABC 2nd Team All-State in 2016 and selected as All-Gateway Conference in 2017.

“I felt a sense of joy and relief signing with Southern Miss,” Edgecombe said. “I fell in love with the school and the coaching staff when I first stepped on campus. I felt at home when I was on campus. I chose Southern Miss because I developed a very special relationship with the coaches.”

“These two young ladies play with a passion to be great,” McNelis said. “Both of them provide us with versatility that is needed for us to have continued success.”

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