The University of South Alabama women's basketball team out-played East Tennessee State on Monday night at the Mitchell Center to come away with an 81-74 victory.
With the win, South improves to 5-0 on the season and becomes just the second team in program history to start a season with five wins in a row. The Jags were led by a stellar performance from Antoinette Lewis.
Lewis dropped a team-high 24 points, brought home 12 rebounds, and blocked six shots on the way to her second double-double of the season. The sophomore forward from Memphis, Tenn. connected on 10-of-12 shots from the floor and was ferocious on the glass, leading both teams with five offensive rebounds.
"Offensively, my team trusts me to score when I get the ball. We focus on playing inside out all the time in practice. I was determined to get rebounds," Lewis said. "Coach said if we out-rebound this team, it will better our chances of winning. Defensively, I was trying not to foul. I did, but that's ok. I was just trying to be aggressive because the more aggressive team would win."
Shaforia Kines and Savannah Jones were there to shoot the ball from outside tonight, as they both went 4-of-7 from behind the arc.
Kines played a game-high 35:47 and put up 23 points, while Jones finished with 18. The pair hit back-to-back threes to start off the fourth quarter, which set up a 12-2 run for the Jags and helped build their lead back up to double digits.
"Balance is the key word. We're really balanced; it's inside and out. We can create it with the dribble, we can move it with the pass and we can have kids that can play one-on-one," said head coach Terry Fowler. "I thought the big shot that Damaya hit off the left was huge for us and really gave us a big confidence boost."
The team will return to action Thursday, November 29 when they travel to Tennessee State for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
While balance is the key word on the court, the off-the-court chemistry is where it all begins.
"This group has really taken to each other. It started in the summer," said Fowler. "We've had several conversations about it; they're always together. they spend an awful lot of time together. It's carried over onto the floor and it's visible for everyone to see."