EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Ebony Rowe scored 23 points to help No. 22 Middle Tennessee cruise to an 84-55 victory over Southern Mississippi in the Conference USA title game Saturday night, earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Olivia Jones had 18 points, KeKe Stewart added 15 and China Dow 11 to help the Blue Raiders (29-4) get their 11th straight win. Middle Tennessee, which previously played in the Sun Belt Conference, secured a berth in the NCAA tournament for the 10th time in 11 years by winning its first C-USA title.
Jameirra Faulkner had 20 points and 10 assists to lead Southern Miss (26-6). The Golden Eagles, who handed the Blue Raiders their only conference loss this season, snapped a 13-game winning streak. Tamara Jones added 15 points and Jerontay Clemons had 12.
Middle Tennessee led 30-22 at halftime before outscoring Southern Miss 54-33 after the break.