Mobile, AL -- With South Alabama securing the programs’ first Sun Belt Championship berth after its win on the road against Appalachian State (68-54), the Jaguars looked to extend their winning streak to five. On their way to doing so, they would be hosting UL-Monroe and continue executing from the perimeter as the regular season comes to a close.
However, the Warhawks, currently seated in last place in the Sun Belt standings, showed up offensively and ended the streak for South Alabama handing the team a loss at the Mitchell Center 67-54. every game played is important regardless of your place, UL-Monroe showed true to that tonight.
UL-Monroe (10-16) controlled the majority of the first half with Alayshia Hunter and Andreanna Jackson sinking two shots apiece from the field just before halftime and extending the team’s lead to 10-points.
The Warhawks did not let up stretching the lead to 20-points by the fourth quarter. In fact, the only time the Jaguars led was early in the first quarter. Chelsea Tieuel stole the show putting up a career-high 25 with five three-pointers and snagging four rebounds. Hunter added 13 with nine boards.
South Alabama (13-13) looked to Chyna Ellis offensively, but with Ellis fouling out of the game with more than two minutes left to play, Taylor Jenkins stepped up and led the team with 13 points and was perfect shooting free throws.
Ellis finished with 10 points, six rebounds, and a perfect two-for-two from the line. But despite the teams’ impressive free throw percentage (88%), the team could not find a way to knock down shots from behind the arc making only 18% of their field goals.For the winning team, they shot 42% thanks to the 50% shooting from Tieuel who went 5-10.
Head Coach Terry Fowler said he knew UL-Monroe was going to play hard and was not happy with the Jags’ performance, but he wants to focus on refining things going into the playoffs.
"To be able to have already accomplished that goal [playoff berth] with two weeks to go in the regular season is a great accomplishment for our young ladies. I'm really excited for them because they've earned it. It's a great building block for our program."
South Alabama will host their final home game of the regular season against UL-Lafayette on Saturday, while UL-Monroe travels to Troy where they will face the Trojans in their last game on the road.