Essence Hopkins scored 14 points as the Southern University women’s basketball team opened its season with a 66-47 win over Dillard at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
The Jaguars (1-0) also got 12 points from Adanna David and eight rebounds from Jamie Floyd as they led the entire way.
“There were a lot of errors,” Southern coach Sandy Pugh said. “I thought we won the game on talent, and I thought our execution wasn’t very crisp.”
Southern had 17 turnovers, one less than the Lady Bleu Devils at 18. From the field, Southern got off 15 more shots than Dillard, and finished 27 of 67 (40 percent).
The Jaguars played their entire bench, including freshmen Jasmine Jefferson, Anyssa Doyle and Kendra Coleman. The trio combined for 11 points and 12 rebounds, but also had eight turnovers.
Dillard (0-1) got 11 points each from Lauren Daniel and Ariel Mitchell. For the game, the Lady Bleu Devils shot 23 percent from the field.
“There are a lot of freshman we are trying to incorporate, and they’re trying to find themselves on this level,” Pugh said. “(Senior) Jamie (Floyd) didn’t have one of her usual games. She missed a lot of layups, but overall I’m encouraged.”
Southern led 29-16 at halftime thanks to six points each from Hopkins and Coleman. Opening the second half, Southern outscored Dillard 14-3 to take a commanding 43-19 lead.
David sparked the run with six points as five different Jaguars scored.
Dillard was able to get the deficit under 20 points a handful of times. The last came with 5:49 to play as Dillard’s Kierrariel Mitchell made two free throws.
Hopkins layup then pushed the lead back to 20, and the lead continued to grow. Southern’s largest lead was 27 points at 61-34 with 3:11 left.
SU returns to action Tuesday traveling to Mobile, Ala., for a 7 p.m. contest at South Alabama.