The Southern women’s basketball team’s 81-48 victory against Tougaloo College on Monday night featured some blemishes to be sure.
The Jaguars shot poorly from the field and the foul line and had sporadic defensive lapses, but after winning for the first time in 24 days, most in the F.G. Clark Activity Center were uninterested in picking too many nits.
“It feels very good to finally get another win under our belts,” said forward Briana Green, who scored a game-high 18 points. “It’s good to put one in the win column instead of a loss.”
Southern, 3-5 after ending a four-game losing streak, visits Tulane on Friday. The Bulldogs (0-7) don’t play again until hosting Dillard on Jan. 2.
Coach Sandy Pugh’s job is to nitpick and she cited 35 percent shooting (28 in the first half), 52 percent free-throw shooting and sluggish defensive rotations and box-outs as issues that need to be addressed.
“I thought we played to the level of the opponent,” Pugh said. “That’s never a good sign for a coach.’
The Jaguars did force 29 turnovers and made 22 steals.
Southern never trailed and had a 33-25 halftime lead. Ashley Williams scored eight points, including six straight during a 10-2 run that left the Jaguars with a 52-34 lead after three quarters.
Britney Washington scored five points and Green had four as the Jaguars built the lead to 65-40 midway through the fourth quarter.
Southern finished the game on a 16-3 run as 12 of the 13 players who got into the game scored. Washington had 15 and Williams scored 10.
The Jaguars had 11 offensive rebounds and forced 11 turnovers, but still led just 15-11 after the first quarter.
Tougaloo had success beating the Jaguars press early in the second quarter, getting four consecutive baskets on layups and staying within 25-21.
“We gave up way too many fast-break points,” Washington said. “They broke our press and we’ve got to get better at that.”
Jumpers by Washington and Green helped the Jaguars build the lead to 33-25 at halftime. Southern missed an opportunity to have a bigger advantage because it made just 6-of-16 free throws.
Arnissayur Robinson, Tougaloo’s leading scorer, had a team-high seven first-half points but she committed her third foul with three seconds left in the half. She finished 10 points, four below her average, in 26 minutes before fouling out.
Casey Chenevert came off the bench to lead the Bulldogs with 12 points. She took all 11 of her team’s 3-pointers and made two.
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