MOBILE, Ala. – University of South Alabama head women’s basketball Terry Fowler announced on Friday that Zena Elias has signed a grant-in-aid with the school and will join the program in the fall.

She is transferring from Buffalo, where she has made 32 appearances the last three seasons and was part of a Bulls program that put together a 58-31 overall record during that span.

“I’m excited to add Zena to our program,” said Fowler.  “At 6-foot-3 she has perimeter skills that will allow us to spread the floor out.  She’s an outstanding rebounder who has a knack for pursuing the basketball out of area.  I’m looking forward to watching her development over the next two seasons.”

Last season the 6-foot-3 center from Clearwater, Fla., posted career highs with averages of 1.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per outing, also adding four assists, four steals and three blocked shots.  She recorded 11 points and 16 rebounds — both the best figures of her career — in a win at Akron, adding double-figure rebounding efforts after pulling down 13 boards at Ohio as well as 12 in a match-up with Central Michigan.

Elias played in six contests her sophomore year, ending up with three points and five rebounds in 10 minutes of action, while she posted eight points and five rebounds in eight appearances as a freshman as UB went 24-10 overall after defeating Rutgers in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

A four-year letterwinner at Countryside High, Elias played in 70 games and had averages of eight points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per outing.  As a senior, she started all 20 contests she appeared in for the Cougars, recording averages 9.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, two assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.2 steals while helping the team to a 24-4 finish after advancing to the regional semifinals in the state 8A tournament.  Elias averaged a career-best 9.7 points as well as 5.5 rebounds per game as CHS won its first-round state playoff match-up on the way to a 16-7 finish when she was a junior, and she posted 6.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per outing as a sophomore as the Cougars went 15-10.

Elias is the 10th newcomer — including the fourth NCAA Division I transfer — to commit to the Jags for the upcoming season.  Destiny Haymer (Tchula, Miss./Cincinnati), Jaylin Powell (Raleigh, N.C./Elon) and Destiny Samuel (Queens, N.Y/Binghamton) have also signed grants-in-aid with the school this spring, while current high school seniors Emani Burks (Melbourne, Fla.), Trinity Garrett (Spring Branch, Texas), Nadia Howard (Grayson, Ga.), Debbie Reese (Fort Pierce, Fla.), Jordan Rosier (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Tyrielle Williams (New Orleans, La.) also inked National Letters-of-Intent with the program in November.

South is coming off a 13-13 season after earning a first-round victory at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, making it the fourth year in a row that the Jaguars have recorded an overall mark of .500 or better.

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