On Saturday afternoon, the Lady Jaguars looked to sweep their rivals for the season at Grambling State. Southern went into Fredrick C. Hobby Assembly Center and controlled the game from the opening tip.
This game almost looked like the first time these two teams met at Southern in January in which the Lady Jags won big 81-57. On Saturday the Lady Jags took a 39-24 lead into half and never relinquished it, holding Grambling to a total of nine points in the 3rd quarter. The Lady Jags had three players in double figures. None had a bigger day than freshman forward Raven White who had 12 points with a game high seven rebounds. The senior guard Brittany Rose would tally 11 points on the day and Jaden Toliver would contribute 10 on the afternoon.
Although it wasn’t the greatest performance by the Lady Jags shooting the ball as they shot a field goal percentage of 42%, 26% from three, and had a rough day at the line as they shot just under 39%. But on Saturday they excelled in the paint as they got 36 in the paint. The Lady Jags also excelled with points off the bench as their bench tallied 31 of the 70 points on the afternoon.
“We did a great job for the first three quarters,” Southern coach Carlos Funchess said as the Lady Jags let a 30-point lead after three quarters slip to 19. “We were able to play some younger kids and let them get some playing time,” coach said after the blowout road win. After the win Saturday, the Lady Jaguars move to a 10-11 record overall and move to 8-2 in SWAC play. Grambling however moves to 2-19 on the season and 1-9 in SWAC play in what has been a tough season for them. Southern returns to action on Monday to play at Jackson State who is currently at the top of the SWAC standings with a 12-8 record overall and is unbeaten in the conference at 10-0.