USA head coach Terry Fowler

Shaforia Kines scored a career-best 29 points on Thursday, but it was not enough to prevent the University of South Alabama from dropping a 74-62 non-conference women's basketball game to Alabama at the Mitchell Center.

The senior guard connected on 8-of-14 field goals, including hitting 6-of-12 from three-point range, while handing out four assists and adding three steals for the Jaguars (1-4).  Savannah Jones was 4-of-10 from long range as well in adding 15 points, and Antoinette Lewis finished with nine rebounds to pace South on the glass.

"I thought Alabama came out and was very aggressive on the defensive end of the floor, they were able to take away a lot of the things that we wanted to do offensively. In the second half we were able to settle down and do the things that we wanted to do coming into the game — drive, pitch and shoot three-point jump shots," said USA head coach Terry Fowler. "We weren't able to get the ball inside to Antoinette like we wanted to, they did a good job pinching down on her and showing double teams.  The key stat in the game was rebounding, they out rebounded us by 20.  It was evident that their bigger bodies wore down on us as the game went along."

Cierra Johnson recorded a team-high 16 points and added eight rebounds for the Crimson Tide, who improved to 3-1.  Jasmine Walker just missed a double-double after collecting nine points and a game-best 11 rebounds.

The Jags will return to action with a 7 p.m. game against the University of Mobile Tuesday at the Mitchell Center.

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