MOBILE, Ala. –  With a game-best 22 points and nine rebounds, Jaylin Powell led the University of South Alabama women’s basketball team to a 63-53 victory over New Orleans on Tuesday at the Mitchell Center. 

Dee Haymer also scored in double figures for the Jaguars (3-2) with 10 points, and she also matched Kiana Anderson and Tyrielle Williams with five boards on the night.

For New Orleans (1-4), Tomyree Thompson led the team with 11 points. Thompson, along with Jomyra Mathis, had a game-high three assists in the contest as well. 

– South Alabama held New Orleans scoreless for the opening eight minutes of the game, ending the first period with a 14-4 advantage.
– After scoring just four points in the first, the Privateers narrowed South’s lead to seven points, 29-22, at halftime after holding the Jags to one field goal over the final four-and-a-half minutes of the second quarter. 
– New Orleans started the second half with a 9-0 run spanning the first three minutes of the third, ultimately taking a brief 31 – 29 lead. 
– The teams went on to trade buckets, tying the score three times a two-minute stretch of the quarter.
– UNO regained the advantage in the final two minutes and was up 45-41 going into the final period. 
– South’s 8-0 run over the first three minutes of the fourth quarter put them ahead, 49-45.
– USA ultimately outscored the Privateers 22-8 in the final period for the margin of victory. 
– The Jaguars forced a total of 26 turnovers, which resulted in 23 points at the other end of the floor. 
– South finished the night 15-of-24 at the free-throw line while the Privateers attempted just eight foul shots. 

– This is the first South Alabama win over New Orleans since Nov. 24, 2017, the teams’ last meeting at the Mitchell Center. 
– Powell’s 22 points were a career high for the graduate student— including a season-best seven field goals — in addition to the most scored by a Jag this season. 
– She also made four three-pointers, tying the most she has hit this season previously set at Rutgers. 
– Powell recorded a career-best rebounds total as well in finishing just one shy of a double-double. 
– Both Haymer and Williams recorded season-best rebounding figures. 
– Williams spent the most time on the floor of any Jag with a season-high 37 minutes. 

Head Coach Terry Fowler

-Opening Statement: I think we really came out in the first quarter and played as well as we have played all year to start the ball game. We knew they would make a run, we left some points on the board there in the first half, they were able to cut to seven. Then the third quarter, which has been a quarter we struggle with for most of the year, they come out and go on a run and actually go up seven or so. As we got back down to the fourth quarter on thing we told our kids is ‘hey we are still going to win this game’. We felt good we just had to keep attacking the basket and get some stops on the other end. In the fourth quarter we outscored them 22 to eight. Jaylin Powell had a big game for us. Kiana Anderson really stepped it up and played some big minutes for us. Tyrielle Williams was big and Dee. I thought we had a really good overall team effort.”
-On the rollercoaster win: “We learned from this. We are counting our four minute ‘offense’ where we are up and make a run but then turn it over a couple of times. But we learn from those mistakes and take that to practice so we know that we need to pull that ball out when we don’t have numbers. It was a great learning experience. This team needed something like this, to come back and win against a team that is scrappy and can play as hard as anybody we will face on our schedule. Our goal is to win every ball game especially here at home, we want to defend the Mitch.” 

-On Jaylin Powell: “She is adjusting to the cast on her hand, we found her some open spots and she was able to knock down some shots. I thought as they tried to get out on us she was able to put it on the floor and protect the basket as well. So that gave them different looks and they had to guard her both ways.” 

Graduate F Jaylin Powell 
-On the ups and downs in the game: “I just think it comes with us being a new team. We have to find our stride and if we start off good learn how to keep that trend throughout the whole game. But I’m proud of us for not giving up, once they came back we could’ve stayed down and just let it be. I’m happy with how we fought back.”

-On her contributions tonight: “That’s my career high, 22, it was a pretty good game for me individually but it was really good for us as a team. I’m seeing us grow each and every game, and each and every day at practice, which is exciting. I came in after talking to my coaches, GA and parents about trying to be more aggressive attaching the basket and believing in the work that I put in. Having that mindset coming into each game is going to be important for me from now on.”

South will host Mercer on Friday with an 11 a.m. tip. 

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