By: Christian Hinkel | Contributing Writer
For the second time this season, the South Alabama Women’s basketball team fell to the hands of the Troy Trojans last Saturday in the double-header with Troy. The Jaguars held a tight game against the Trojans, who had the far superior winning record. Despite the loss, the Jaguars put up a four-quarter fight and gave the Trojans all they could handle.
The first half featured a stellar shooting performance behind the three-point line for the Jags. This was especially true from senior point guard Shaforia Kines, and sophomore guard Jala Buster. Kines shot 3-for-4 from behind the line and accumulated 15 points in the first two quarters. Buster was equally as impressive shooting a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown.
The tables would turn in the second half however as Troy resorted to the full-court press in an attempt to climb their way back into the ballgame. Troy held the Jaguars to 28% shooting from the field, and 18% shooting from the three-point line in the second half.
“It’s disappointing to not be able to finish the game. Especially with our seniors and the way they played tonight”, said seventh-year head coach Terry Fowler. “We fouled them too much down the stretch and they were able to get to the free-throw line and score.”
The game would ultimately be put away in the fourth quarter’s final minute as the Trojans would go on a scoring run of 6-to-0 to take a 77-70 lead. Shaforia Kines hit a three-pointer with four-tenths of a second remaining to make the final score 77-73.
The Jaguars (13-15; 8-8 in Sun Belt Conference play) will be back in action on March 5th at the Arkansas State Red Wolves (10-17; 7-9). After that, it’s one more road trip to Little Rock, Arkansas to take on the Little Rock Trojans (11-16; 9-7).