Returning letterwinners (key stats): Mahogany Vaught (25 games played – 25 games started, 10.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 86 asts, 6 blks, 57 stls); Janelle Jones (19 GP, 2.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 8 asts, 2 blks, 4 stls)
Letterwinners lost (key stats): Serin Dunne (23 GP, 1.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 7 asts, 2 stls); Jayla Morrow (24 GP – 24 GS, 6.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 55 asts, 7 blks, 42 stls); Savannah Jones (13 GP – 9 GS, 11.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 22 asts, 7 blks, 18 stls); Devyn Lowe (22 GP – 18 GS, 11.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 37 asts, 3 blks, 25 stls)
Returning redshirts/Squad members (Yr., Hometown, Previous school): none
Newcomers (Yr., Hometown, Previous school): Tyrielle Williams (Fr., New Orleans, La., Ursuline Academy); Dee Haymer (St., Tchula, Miss., Cincinnati); Nadia Howard (Fr., Grayson, Ga., Grayson High School); Trinity Garrett (Fr., San Antonio, Texas, Smithson Valley High School); Jordan Rosier (Fr., Tallahassee, Fla., Florida State University High School)
– Last season Vaught led the Sun Belt Conference with 2.3 steals per game.
– Additionally, Vaught finished among the top 25 in the conference in scoring average.
– As a freshman, Jones appeared in 19 contests, recording double-digit figures in three.
– In the first round of the Sun Belt tournament, Jones posted a career-high 15 points and six rebounds against Arkansas State.
– At Ursuline Academy, Williams recorded over 1,000 points and 500 assists in her career.
– Williams, a McDonald’s all-American nominee, earned first-team all-state honors as a senior.
– While at Cincinnati, Haymer started in all nine contests she appeared in scoring 10 or more points on four occasions.
– At Jones College, Haymer was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Two-Year All-American team.
– Additionally, Haymer was selected first-team all-region and second-team all-conference as a sophomore and selected first-team all-region and all-MACJC as a freshman.
– Howard averaged 15.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.2 steals per game during her senior season at Grayson High School.
– The summer before her junior year, Howard also competed with the Finnish national team.
– Garrett, a three-star prospect in high school, set program records in assists in a game (9), season (116) and career (272) at Smithson Valley High School.
– Rosier scored nearly 1,500 points in her high school career setting a school record at Florida State University High School.
Head Coach Terry Fowler
-On the team’s freshman guards this season: “Jordan Rosier, Tyrielle Williams, Nadia Howard and Trinity Garrett bring a lot of athleticism to our perimeter play that we haven’t had in the past. They are young, they are talented, they just have to get game experience. I’m looking forward to big things from them in the future.”
-On the upperclassmen: “Excited to have Mahogany back. She had a breakout season last year so looking forward to her taking the next steps in her evolution. Dee is a transfer from Cincinnati so she has been able to do what was advertised. She’s not a shooter, she’s not a slasher, she just scores. She knows how to put the ball in the basket and has been a real leader for us. I’m excited to see this group work together and about the depth we have. “
Senior G Mahogany Vaught
-On preparing for the season: “There has been a lot of adjusting. Everyone is just trying to figure out where they fit on the team. I am trying to be a leader, on and off the court, and figure out where I fit in on the team as well. It has been fun getting to know all of the other players and everyone’s personality on the court.”
-On her goals for the season: “I want to continue to do what I need to do for the team whatever that may be on offense and defense. I want us to get to the Sun Belt Championship too.”
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