Women’s Basketball Completes Sweep of UTSA with 73-66 Saturday Victory
Published 7:00 am Tuesday, January 26, 2021
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Freshman Kahia Warmsley (Shreveport, La.) registered a season-high 25 points and Southern Miss led the entire contest to defeat UTSA 73-66 in women’s basketball Conference USA action Saturday afternoon at Reed Green Coliseum.
The victory clinched a two-game weekend sweep of the Roadrunners as Southern Miss improved to 5-5 overall and 3-5 in C-USA play. UTSA fell to 2-11 and 0-8.
Warmsley’s point total was the most by a Golden Eagle freshman since Jones tallied 21 in her redshirt freshman campaign during the 2018-2019 season
“In the second half, Kahia Warmsley, Brikayla Gray, and then Kelsey (Jones) in the fourth quarter, really took control of things,” Southern Miss head coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. “Kahia stepped up huge for us and made some big 3’s behind the ball screen. You can see her as a freshman continue to soar and continue to get better and better.”
For the second-straight game against UTSA, the Lady Eagles jumped out strong. After outscoring the visitors the previous night 26-4 in the opening quarter, Southern Miss opened with an 8-1 advantage over the game’s first five-plus minutes as freshman Melyia Grayson score four points over that stretch. UTSA cut the gap to 10-7 on a Mikayla Woods layup, but the Lady Eagles scored the final four points of the quarter – a bucket by Warmsley and two Gray free throws – to take a 14-7 opening quarter advantage.
Grayson and Gray then hit the first two baskets of the second quarter to push the lead to double digits at 18-7, but the home team got outscored 20-19 in the second quarter and Southern Miss took a 33-27 lead into the locker room at halftime.
UTSA made a run in the third quarter and cut the gap to 37-33 with 5:03 remaining, before the Lady Eagles went on a 7-0 with freshman Rose Warren (Puckett, Miss.) scoring the final four points with the home team going on to take a 50-41 advantage after three periods.
Southern Miss extended its lead to its biggest at 14 midway through the final quarter on a Jones bucket, giving them a 68-54 advantage with 2:42 to remaining.
The Lady Eagles return to action when they travel to Ruston for a Thursday, Jan. 28, meeting with Louisiana Tech. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.