MOBILE, Ala. – The University of South Alabama women’s basketball team won its second home game of the season, 70-49, over Auburn-Montgomery on Monday at the Mitchell Center.
Three Jags (2-1) recorded double-digit scoring figures with Mahogany Vaught leading the way with 16 followed by freshmen Nadia Howard and Jordan Rosier with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
The Warhawks also had three double-figure scorers with Jamya Tyus logging 13 points, DeMaurea Moore with 12 and Caitlin Carter with 11. Moore also had a game-high nine rebounds.
– AUM went on an 8-0 run in the first three minutes of the game.
– After a layup by Dee Haymer put the Jags on the board, the teams traded buckets until South took off on a 10-0 run in the last three minutes of the first period to claim a 14-13 lead.
– The Jaguars shot better than 60 percent in the second quarter — including hitting 3-of-5 three-pointers — to build a 33-23 lead at halftime.
– Rosier was responsible for eight of the Jags’ 19 points in the second period.
– Both teams connected on 7-of-13 attempts from the floor in the third quarter, but USA was able to stretch its advantage to 53-40 with minutes left.
– The Jags were still up 16 when Kiana Anderson completed a three-point play and Vaught followed with a three and a jumper in the paint to put South up 68-46 midway through the final quarter.
– South Alabama scored 26 points off of AUM’s 27 turnovers and 41 off the bench.
– South Alabama is now 3-0 against AUM after a 32-year hiatus in the series.
– This was head coach Terry Fowler’s first win over the Warhawks while at South Alabama.
– The Jaguars used their third different starting lineup in as many outings this year.
– Howard shot 6-of-10 from the field and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc to record a double-digit scoring figure for the first time in her collegiate career.
– After handing out one assist in her first two games this year she led the team with four in this contest.
– Rosier did not score in her first two appearances at South before recording a double-figure total against the Warhawks
– Anderson led the Jags for the first time as a Jag with five rebounds in her 20 minutes on the floor.
THEY SAID IT
Head Coach Terry Fowler
– Opening statement: “I thought we got off to a very slow start, we didn’t have any intensity on the defensive end of the floor. Offensively we were getting some shots that we wanted, we just didn’t capitalize on them early and they took advantage of that. Once we picked it up defensively, that helped us out a lot and we were able to create some offense from that, but primarily it was just that we made them uncomfortable and put them on their heels and then we started getting in the flow and started finishing some of those baskets that we were getting early.”
On the importance of having a lot of players involved in the win: “Not to have Jaylin [Powell] and Zena [Elias] out there put people in some different roles playing more minutes. But it was good, I saw our young players step up. You can’t substitute game reos, it was quality minutes for them and they stepped up and made it happen for us. That was good, hopefully we can get Jaylin and Zena back this weekend.”
-On what the team needs to do better at Tulane on Saturday: “We have to rebound, we didn’t rebound the ball tonight. I thought we did better not turning it over, but we’ve got to rebound and we have to have more pace, more flow and more assurance in what we are doing both on the offensive and defensive end. We have three days of practice this week, I’m looking forward to us getting out there and trying to improve. It’s what I’ve said all year with this team, the good news is I really feel like you’re going to see this team improve throughout the season as they continue to work with each other. We’re just a work in progress right now.”
Freshman G Nadia Howard
– On what the team did well in the win: “I think we got to the paint well, and when we started to play more aggressively on defense things really picked up for us. It was a slow start, but my teammates and I stuck together and we were able to pick it up.”
– On her performance against the Warhawks: “It was exciting, getting out there it’s always exciting to play. I played with confidence tonight and I was able to create off my teammates.”
South will travel to Tulane on Saturday at 4 p.m. (CST).
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