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 led three Golden Eagles in double figures as freshman Brikayla Gray (Hebron, Miss.) added 14 points and junior Kelsey Jones (Starkville, Miss.) chipped in 10.

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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 WarmsleyBrikayla 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.