MOBILE, Ala. – The University of South Alabama women’s basketball team earned a 85-49 victory over Spring Hill in its lone exhibition game on Monday at the Mitchell Center. 

In Zena Elias’ first contest for the Jaguars she led the team with 17 points, a career-high figure, by going 6-for-6 from the field and 4-for-4 in free throws. Jaylin Powell accounted for 15 points and three of the Jags’ five three-pointers. 

– Powell hit back-to-back threes around the six-minute mark of the first quarter for a 12-7 lead.
– The Jags went on a 9-0 run to finish the first period ahead 21-9. 
– South Alabama held Spring Hill without a field goal for the first five minutes of the second quarter while extending the lead to 32-14.
– South finished the half with a 6-0 run and was up 38-18 heading into the locker room.
– Spring Hill scored seven of the first nine points in the opening minute and a half of the third period, making it a 40-25 contest.  
– The teams traded buckets for the next two minutes before Mahogany Vaught followed by making two layups and a free throw to push the advantage to 49-31. 
– With two minutes remaining in the third, Elias responded to Emyria Harris’s three-pointer with one of her own at the top of the arc to make it a 20-point lead for the Jags. 
– South scored 11 unanswered points in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter as its lead grew to 69-38.

– South Alabama extended its win streak in the series to 20.
– This was the eighth exhibition win for the Jaguars under Fowler. 
– The Jags scored 22 points off of Spring Hill’s 29 turnovers. 
– South’s largest advantage was 37 points with 22 seconds left in the contest. 
– Powell went 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, accounting for all but two of USA’s three-pointers in the contest. 
– Tyrielle Williams recorded five assists, the most of any player in the contest. 
– South posted 54 points in the paint and got 31 from seven individuals coming off the Bench. 
– Four of the Jags’ six freshmen who earned playing time were on the floor for 15 minutes each. 

South Alabama Head Coach Terry Fowler
-Opening statement: “To get out here and play in front of the crowd and under the lights with 11 new players here in our program — including six freshmen, four who played tonight — was huge for us.  I really thought our kids did a great job of responding; Spring Hill would make a run, we would come back and make a run.  Basically, the goal coming into the game was to play hard and to make sure we played together.  If those are two things we can count on every day, then we can focus on improving our execution as we go throughout the season.”

– On his goals for the team coming into the game: “We were trying to get some of those young kids some exposure because we’re going to need them throughout the season, it was critical that we got people to play minutes.  We were trying to get everyone on the team to play at least 15 minutes, and I think all but three played that.  We’re excited to let them have the opportunity, and they had some success so that was good as well.”

-On areas he thinks the team will need to work on: “We have to keep improving our defense.  We turned the ball over early — I think we had 10 in the first quarter — so we have to take better care of the basketball.  We were getting shots, if we take care of the basketball it would’ve given us more shot opportunities.  We shot a decent percentage from the field, but in the first half we challenged them because we had only taken one free throw and then we came out in the second half and took 20 free throws.  We were really determined to on getting into the paint.”

Graduate F Jaylin Powell
– On the importance of playing in a game again: “This was the first time for all of us being together with 11 new players, it was super exciting to get out there and see where we are as a team.  We have great chemistry on and off the court, you got to see it a little bit today.  I’m excited to see what the future holds this season and looking forward to seeing how much we can grow in the future.”

-On what the team did well: “I think we pushed the ball well, we shared the ball well and we cheered each other on as a team.  There are highs and lows in basketball, but being able to cheer your teammates on and continue to keep the morale up is important.  I think that is one of our biggest strengths.”

South Alabama will begin the regular season against Mobile at 3 p.m. (CST) on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at the Mitchell Center. 

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