No. 23 Southern Miss. 82, South Florida 75
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Kim Adams scored 22 points and helped lead an 8-0 run that opened the second half as No. 23 Southern Mississippi beat South Florida 82-75 Sunday.
Even though Southern Mississippi trailed for most the first half, the Eagles (9-2, 1-1 Metro Conference) still managed to control the game.
The Eagles also got 22 points from LaShonda Jackson. Patricia Nash added 21. Jenny Koeppel led South Florida (6-6, 0-2) with 22.
Southern Mississippi entered the game with players at or near the top of the conference in seven offensive statistical categories. The Eagles did have three players in double figures, but it was the Bulls that dictated the game early on.
South Florida built a 19-15 before the Eagles’ up-tempo attack began to wear down the Bulls.
A 7-0 run and poor shooting by the Bulls gave Southern Mississippi its first lead of the game, with 4:35 remaining in the first half. That run also set the stage for the remainder of the game.
South Florida (6-6, 0-2) trailed 41-37 at the half.
The Eagles opened the second half with eight straight points, building a 47-37 lead as the Bulls were plagued with turnovers and more missed shots.
Despite Koeppel’s scoring _ including five of five 3-point shooting _ and a brief run midway through the second half, the Eagles were able to maintain their lead.
South Florida closed to 52-50 with 13 minutes remaining, but another Southern Mississippi run helped keep a five-point margin during the remainder.
Deanna Graves added 14 points and Keira Rozier scored 12 for the Bulls.