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Lamar falls to Southern Miss in WNIT

Lamar falls to Southern Miss in WNIT 

HATTIESBURG, Miss. –A great season for the Lamar Lady Cardinals came to a disappointing end Thursday night, as Lamar dropped a 75-60 decision at Southern Miss in the first round of the Women's NIT.

JaMeisha Edwards had 19 points to lead Lamar (18-13), which was competing in a postseason national tournament for the fourth time in the past five years. Gia Ayers had 16 points and four assists in her final game in a Lamar uniform, while Kiandra Bowers added 10 points.

Southern Miss outscored Lamar 22-0 on fast-break points.

"We fought hard. We didn't quit," Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. "We'd get it close and they would go on a run. They can score in transition very quickly."

Brittany Dinkins led Southern Miss (27-6) with 17 points. Jamierra Faulkner had a double-double of 14 points and 13 assists. Tamara Jones had 14 points for the Golden Eagles, while Markia Nix added 10 points. Faulkner's 13 assists tied a WNIT record.

Southern Miss dominated inside, outscoring Lamar 52-24 in the paint.

"They are a good team," Harmony said of Southern Miss. "They shoot well and play good defense."

Southern Miss shot 56.9 percent (33-of-58) from the field. Lamar shot 35.8 percent (24-of-67).

"It's disappointing to lose, but it doesn't take away from a great season," Harmony said. "Any time you go to the postseason, it's a successful season. We're going to learn from this and come back even better next year. We want to go to the NCAA Tournament."

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