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Lady Eagles extend four-game winning streak with 74-42 win against Mississippi College

Southern Miss (5-2) improved to a four-game winning streak after taking care of business at home against the Mississippi College Choctaws (2-5), thanks to a dominant third-quarter performance.

The tale of third-quarter turnarounds continued for the Lady Eagles. After scoring just 29 in the first half, the Lady Eagles erupted for 24 in the third quarter on 46.7% shooting and nine free throws made, outscoring Mississippi College 24-8.

Before the game, Southern Miss had scored 137 points in the third quarter alone compared to just 156 points in the first half of each game combined.

“I’m glad there’s the third quarter for Lady Eagle Basketball,” Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. “That’s been the quarter that held us together all year. I thought Lani Cornfield ignited our defensive run and then Dom [Domonique] Davis jumped on with her, but Lani was super aggressive and gave them some havoc that created opportunities to get buckets on the run. That was the game-changing part is our define generated our offense.”

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Cornfield led the Lady Eagles in their defensive effort as the team thwarted the Choctaws’ opportunities throughout the game. Southern Miss held Mississippi College to just 26.4% on the game and forced 33 turnovers due to consistent pressure on presses that forced errant passes and lost balls.

“That’s our defensive player right there,” Davis said about Cornfield. “She sparks it for us and it’s no secret that defense isn’t my favorite part, but I got to play it and when you’re on the court with Lani, she makes you want to play it. That’s something we enjoy- getting easy buckets off those steals.”

The Lady Eagles capitalized on transition plays, scoring 27 points from turnovers and 20 points on the fast break.

As Lee-McNelis said, Davis was able to capitalize on that

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