NEW ORLEANS – Tulane handed the University of South Alabama women’s basketball team its second road loss of the season with an 86-53 decision on Saturday at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse. 

Jaylin Powell led the Jags’ (2-2) effort with 12 points, accounting for two of their five three-point field goals. Tyrielle Williams had added nine points and three rebounds, in her first collegiate appearance in her hometown. 

Arsula Clark led the Tulane with a game-high 17 points, and two other Green Wave (4-0) players scored in double figures with Moon Ursin and Krystal Freeman recording 10 points each.

– A three-point play by Clark a minute into the contest gave the Green Wave an early lead, however, Destiny Samuel’s three-pointer briefly tied the score.
– Tulane’s Krystal Freeman responded with a three of her own which put the Green Wave back in the lead which they maintained for the remainder of the game – leading by as much as 36 in the fourth.
– South was held without a field goal for nearly five minutes of the first quarter.
– The Green Wave went on a 9-0 run in the second period which Destiny Samuel ended with a jumper off a Tulane turnover.
– Of the 13 points scored by the Jags in the third quarter, Mahogany Vaught and Powell were responsible for four points apiece. 
– Tulane went on an 8-0 run to end the third period to extend its advantage to 61-36.
– The teams traded buckets for the first half of the fourth period until Tulane went on 12-0 run, securing them the decision.

– South is now 13-10 in its series with Tulane. 
– For the first time this season South used a previous starting lineup with the same five starters that took the floor at Rutgers. 
– Powell led the Jags in scoring for the second time this season, and the first occasions since that Rutgers contest.
– Vaught had five rebounds on the night, matching her previous season high recorded in a season-opening victory over Mobile on Nov. 9. 
– Williams posted season high figures in both points and rebounds.
– The Jags connected on a season-low five three-pointers while recording their lowest three-point percentage (17.9%) of the year.

Head Coach Terry Fowler

-Opening Statement: “Tulane is a veteran team, a lot of players are back for their COVID year so they are out here on a mission. They just put us away in the first quarter, they made threes and were just able to get to the basket. We were not able to finish at the basket due to their length. I thought we had some good shots, but we weren’t able to finish them. In the third quarter we played really well, then they answered our run and sustained it from there. I saw some positives, but there are also some things we have to do. We got in foul trouble. Playing without Zena (Elias) at the five takes away some length from us so we just have to get healthy and keep improving.”

South Alabama will host New Orleans on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (CST)

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