By: Nolan Kotila | Contributing Writer
The University of South Alabama Jaguars Women’s Basketball team (9-10) took on the UTA Mavericks (12-7) Thursday night in the Mitchell Center. The Jags, coming off of a 3-game win streak, were looking to start the homestand strong but became seemingly overwhelmed by a dominant and fast Mavericks offense. Every area on the offensive side of the ball was highly efficient was too much for the Jaguars to defend consistently.
Photos by: Lauren Barksdale
On top of a high-octane Mavericks offense making efficient drives the paint, the Jaguars faced their own struggles. The Jags shot just 21% percent from the floor in the first quarter and 28% percent in the entire game. They experienced a combination of poor shot selection and possibly fatigue from their recent games. This type of inconsistent performance is not rare in the middle of the season for a team that is trying to make a push towards post-season contention.
Junior Center Antoinette Lewis did help keep the Jags in the game by leading the team in rebounds with 12 out of the teams’ 34. She also recorded her ninth career double-double with 10 points. She spoke on UTA’s impressive team height, “I think they’re the tallest team in our conference, you can’t prepare for that on a day-to-day basis.”
Junior Guard Savannah Jones led the team overall in points with 12 and played almost more time than anyone. Head Coach Terry Fowler talked about the team’s performance after the loss, “We’ve talked about starting fast and finishing strong, we weren’t able to do that…. UTA was able to just get the ball in the paint, and they dominated the glass.”
Overall, he feels ready to bounce back against the Jags’ next opponent, Texas State, “You can’t dwell on it. We have to prepare for the next game. We just have to be at a high level of concentration, and be ready to go on Saturday.”
The Jags will continue their homestand when they are featured in a doubleheader Saturday against the Texas State Bobcats at the Mitchell Center at 5 PM.