The Southern University women’s basketball successful season came to an end at the hands of the number one-seeded Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs on Friday night. This was the Jags’ first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010 in front of a crowd of nearly 10,000 fans. The Lady Bulldogs only lost two games in the entire season and were a tough test for the Jags.
The Lady Bulldogs won the tip and scored a quick bucket out of the gate. On the other end, Jaguar Rishonti Cowart scored a three-pointer off of a Courtney Parsons assist. Unfortunately, this was the last time that the Jags would see the lead for the remainder of the game.
The Lady Bulldogs would go on a 35-7 run to end the first quarter and also would hold the Jags to only 10 points off of 21% shooting. The Lady Bulldogs shot a hot 73% from the field and only missed four shots during the course of the game.
At halftime, Skylar O’Bear was the Jags’ leading scorer with five points. The Jaguars shot 33% from the field and trailed the Lady Bulldogs 55-29. Lady Bulldogs forward Teaira McCowan presented a problem for the Jaguars all night, allowing McCowan to record double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
In the second half, it did not get any better for Southern. The Lady Bulldogs went on a 31-5 run for the entire third quarter and were up by 52 points at the end of the third.
In the fourth quarter, it was more of the same for Southern. The Jags managed to put up 12 points in the third, but by then, the damage was already done. In quarters 1-3, the Lady Bulldogs outscored Southern 68-15 enroute to building a huge lead early on in the contest. The Jags would go on to lose in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament to the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs 103-46.
Head coach Carlos Funchess led this Southern women’s basketball team to a regular season record of 20-13 record (14-4 in the SWAC), the SWAC regular season championship, and a SWAC Tournament Championship in his first season as head coach.
Despite the looming losses of seniors Skylar O’Bear, Rishonti Cowart, Courtney Parsons, and Danayea Charles, the Jags will go into the offseason looking to repeat as champions next season.