MOBILE, Ala. — After breaking for final exams, the Sugar Bears return to action on Saturday when they take on South Alabama at 1:05 p.m. in Mobile.
The Sugar Bears (5-3) meet the Jaguars (6-3) for the first time, and will be playing their first Sun Belt Conference opponent since Arkansas State in 2013.
USA enters Saturday’s game with a 3-1 mark on the season in the Mitchell Center with wins over Georgia Southwestern, New Orleans and Southern, with a 60-58 loss to Jacksonville their lone home setback. The Jags have also picked up road wins at North Carolina, Southern Miss and Alabama State.
USA is led by 6-foot-1 senior center Chyna Ellis, who tops the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots at 16.2, 9.9, and 2.3 per game. She paces a defense that ranks sixth nationally in blocks per game at 6.8. Savannah Jones averages 13.4 points and has knocked down a team-high 17 3-pointers on the season, just ahead of Erin Autio (16) and Genesis Perrymond (15). In all, the Jags have knocked down 70 from long range this season – 7.8 per game. The Sugar Bears have hit 50, 6.25 per contest. USA is holding its opponents to 27 percent shooting from long range, limiting the opposition to just 4.6 3-point field goals per game.
After Saturday’s game, the Sugar Bears will travel to Miami to take on Clemson and either North Dakota State or FIU in the FIU Holiday Tournament on Dec. 20 and 21.