Jags' women opens Canada basketball trip with win
MONTREAL, Canada – Behind double-digit efforts by sophomore Shaforia Kines (15 points), junior Genesis Perrymond (15 points) and senior Chyna Ellis (11 points), the University of South Alabama women's basketball team defeated the Montreal All-Stars 68-50 Thursday night to commence its three-game Canada tour.
"It feels good to get the first game of the trip under our belt," head coach Terry Fowler said. "After 10 practices, traveling and sightseeing I feel our team was a little nervous to start the game. It took us three-and-a-half quarters to finally get a rhythm."
Ellis led the team with nine rebounds, while Kines grabbed seven boards and Perrymond brought down four.
"It was good to see Genesis (Perrymond) have a big night for us after having surgery earlier this summer," Fowler said. "Shay Kines was also big for us on the offensive end. Chyna (Ellis) finally settled down and scored on several second chance opportunities."
Junior Candice Williams contributed eight points while finishing tied with freshman Jayla Morrow for the team-lead in assists with three.
The Jaguars led 15-12 after the first quarter, and after a tightly-contested second, led 27-23 at halftime.
South's offense found its rhythm in the second half and the defense stayed stout as the Jags outscored the Montreal All-Stars 41-27 in the final half to seal the win.
The Jags defense limited the All-Stars to 16-for-56 (28.6%) from the field.
"Our defense held our opponent to 50 points and kept us in the game until the offense clicked in," Fowler commented. "Overall I'm pleased with our effort as we played through the adversity of playing FIBA rules and the physicality of the game. I'm excited to see us in game two on Saturday."
The team arrived in Montreal on Tuesday and took a bike tour of the city on Wednesday.
Tomorrow is an off-day for USA. The team will spend the day at the beach and go to a food truck festival at Olympic Stadium. The team then departs for Quebec City Saturday morning to play Laval at 2 p.m. CDT in game two of the three-game trip.