The Southern women had a team effort in their 85-50 victory against Mobile College in the season opener for both teams Friday night in the F.G. Clark Center.
The Jaguars used 11 players, 10 of whom played more than 10 minutes, all of whom had a rebound and all but two of whom scored.
“Every kid that went in contributed something positive,” coach Sandy Pugh said. “The kids who came off the bench did a really good job for us.”
The bench combined for 29 points, 19 rebounds and two assists, led by Ashley Williams’ 11 points and four rebounds and Briana Green’s six points and seven rebounds.
The starters did just fine also as Britney Washington had a game-high 20 points, Kendra Coleman scored 15 and Jasmine Jefferson had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Taneequa Myers led the Lady Rams with 16 points, and Jammieca Hudson had 10. Raven Lyons started but didn’t score and Kali Koenig had three points and one rebound.
Pugh said she saw the improvement she was looking for after an uneven performance in an 83-68 exhibition victory against Dillard on Monday.
“We aren’t that team that played on Monday,” Jefferson said, “so we had to come out and show what kind of team we were.”
Mobile shot 28.3 percent, including 26.5 percent as the Jaguars built a 42-22 halftime lead.
Three-point shooting is a strength for the Lady Rams, Pugh said, but the only one they made in 10 attempts came just before the final buzzer.
“It was pretty good for a season opener,” Washington said, “but we can go up from here.”
Next up is a visit to Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday.