Southern women sign three, hit road to face FAMU

The Southern women’s basketball team received national letters of intent Wednesday from two players for its 2014 signing class — Micah Garvin of Lyman High School in Longwood, Fla., and Briana Green of Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — and landed another Thursday: 6-foot-2 wing player Taylor Mack of South Broward High School in Hollywood, Fla.

Garvin, a 5-foot-9 shooting guard, capitalizes on her athletic ability to drive past defenders and get to the basket, while also possessing the capabilities to run an offense at the point.

“I was happy all day (Wednesday),” Garvin said. “It has been one of my best days of my life. Southern was my first offer, and I felt like (Southern) was genuine. They were telling me how bad they wanted me and how much they wanted me to be a part of their team.”

Garvin said she felt like a part of the Jaguars family when she visited the school earlier this year.

“It was a home feeling,” she said. “I felt accepted on my visit to the school. (Women’s basketball coach Sandy) Pugh was true to me with everything that she said. And on my visit, the rest of the team said that’s how she always is.”

Green, a 6-foot athletic forward, comes from a winning tradition at Dillard, a school that’s seeking its fourth straight state championship in Florida.

Mack signed Thursday.

“When I went down there, I just loved the atmosphere,” Mack said of her visit to the Southern campus in August. “Everybody was so friendly; the team was really cool.”

Mack is rehabilitating from surgery after her second torn ACL. She said Pugh’s honoring of the scholarship offer went a long way toward her ultimate decision.

“That was honestly the biggest deciding factor,” Mack said. “Obviously, I’m kind of a liability, and I would understand why (Pugh) would back out. But (Pugh) kept her word and didn’t give up on me and still has faith in me.”

The recruiting class strengthens the program’s connection to Florida. The Jaguars have seven members on the current roster who hail from the Sunshine State.

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The Jaguars begin a three-game road trip Friday with a game against Florida A&M in Tallahassee.

Although the Jaguars (2-0) have gotten off to a good start, winning both games by 15 points or more, Pugh said she still sees room for growth.

“I definitely think that we have way more to offer in term of what our capabilities are,” Pugh said. “I’m not seeing the kids execute the way I would like them to.”

One of the areas that Pugh identified that she wanted to see direct improvement in is the play of her ball handlers.

“Our point guard play is definitely a concern,” she said. “We’ve got to get out in transition, we’ve got to do a better job of trying to get (the post players) the basketball.”

Pugh also said her squad must to do a better job of doing the little things — specifically on the road. Seven of Southern’s next eight games are away from the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

“Our timing and spacing, and little detailed things, and blocking out need to get better,” Pugh said. “All these things that have to occur if you plan to win and be successful and be consistent. When you go on the road, the details have to be executed correctly.”