SOUTH WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TO TAKE ON RUTGERS ON THE ROAD

Game 2 | Nov. 12 | 6 p.m. (CST) | Piscataway, N.J. | Jersey Mike’s Arena

South Alabama (1-0, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Rankings: — AP | — Coaches | — RPI

Head Coach: Terry Fowler (Lane [Tenn.] ’86)
Record at USA (season): 114-132 (9th)
Career Record (season): 321-310 (22nd)
Record vs. Rutgers: 0-1

Statistical Leaders
Pts: Mahogany Vaught (14)
Rebs: Zena Elias (13)
Asts: Mahogany Vaught (4)
Blks: Destiny Samuel (2)
Stls: Mahogany Vaught (3)

Rutgers (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Rankings: — AP | — Coaches | — RPI

Head Coach: C. Vivian Stringer
Record at Mobile (years): 535-291 (26)
Career Record (years): 1,055-426 (50)
Record vs. USA: 1-0

Statistical Leaders
Pts: Liz Martino (11)
Rebs: Osh Brown (11)
Asts: Liz Martino (6)
Blks: Sakima Walker (1)
Stls: Stephanie Guihon (4)

Multimedia
Television/Video: BIG10 +
Live Video: https://www.bigtenplus.com/en-int/page/payment
Live Stats: https://scarletknights.com/sidearmstats/wbball/summary
Twitter: @WeAreSouth_WBB

Series History
Overall: 0-1
Longest USA Streak: n/a 
Longest Rutgers: 1
Series Streak: Rutgers –1  
First Meeting: 11/5/19
Last Meeting: same

Opening Tip
– This is the first of seven non-conference road games for the Jaguars this season.
– South Alabama is 1-9 all-time against current Big Ten programs.
– The Jags are 2-6 in road openers under Fowler.
– This contest marks the first time South Alabama will play at Rutgers. 

Rutgers Series Notes
– This is only the second meeting between the programs with the last on Nov. 5, 2019.
– Rutgers scored nine of the game’s first 10 points in the opening two minutes en route to a 77-56 in the initial meeting.
– Arella Guirantes scored 27 points and Tekia Mack added 21 — along with 11 rebounds — to lead the Scarlet Knights, who connected on nearly 52 percent in the opening half while limiting the Jaguars to just 3-of-21 shooting from three-point range in the contest.
– Shaforia Kines and Damaya Telemaque paced the Jaguars with 15 points apiece, while Antoinette Lewis posted a double-double after scoring 14 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.  
– The Scarlet Knights held the Jags under 30 percent shooting from the field in the initial series meeting.
– Both Casey Ferguson and Vaught saw time on the floor during the last time out against Rutgers recording one rebound and one assist respectively. 
– Stringer — beginning her 27th season with the Scarlet Knights — earned her 500th victory at the school during the 2019 meeting, and currently holds 1,055 career wins, the fifth most in NCAA women’s basketball history and the fourth most in the NCAA Division I record books, in 50 seasons in the profession.

Additional Notes from Mobile
– A total of nine Jags took the floor for South Alabama for the first time against the Rams, including four true freshmen who made their collegiate debut coming off the bench.
– With her team-high 14-point effort, Vaught recorded her fourth straight game in double figures dating back to the final weekend of the regular season last February. 
– She has also now posted at least one steal in four of her last five contests. 
– Vaught recorded a career-high six free throw attempts in the contest, two more than her previous mark set at Auburn on Dec. 13 a year ago. 
– Jaylin Powell was perfect from the free throw line, going 5-for-5 in her first game as a Jaguar, while dropping in 12 points.
– Zena Elias posted a double-double in her first start for South, ending the night with 13 point and 13 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive glass. 
– Ferguson has now made at least one three-pointer in seven of the Jaguars’ last eight games dating back to Feb. 13 last season.

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