HOUSTON, Texas -- Southern women's basketball trailed Texas Southern for most of the game before a 25-7 third quarter run propelled the Jaguars to knock off the defending champions in the Southwestern Athletic Conference opener 67-57 at the H&PE Arena.
With the win, Southern snaps an eight-game losing streak and improves to 2-8, 1-0 in the conference.
Trailing 42-36, Southern responded with a 25-7 run to open the game up and take a commanding 61-48 lead.
With 1:56 left in the third quarter, freshman point guard Tiamya Butlar picked the pocket of senior guard Camille Mills to take it coast-to-coast to give the Jaguars a one-point lead 45-44. Its was Southern's first lead since the 7:50 mark in the first quarter. The Lady Jags never looked back in route to winning their first game of SWAC play.
The rally came after head coach Sandy Pugh challenged her team after a sub-par first half where three SU starters were held to zero points.
"We challenged (Duncan, O'Bear and Towner) to settle down and be efficient, they were rushing their shots," said Pugh. "But the play of the two freshmen, Alyric Scott and Tiamya (Butler) really boosted us. Coming off the bench, they were key. Tiamya had two big steals and two layups, along with two assists."
Briana Green led SU with 20 points and a game high seven boards while Samantha Duncan, who went scoreless in the first half, added 17 points, including 3-of-7 from behind the arc and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Duncan leads the conference through the first 10 games in free throw percentage at 95 percent.
The conference's leading scorer Joyce Kennerson led all scorers with a game high 21 points for the Lady Tigers. Isis Lane added ten points and five rebounds while picking up two steals. Texas Southern drops to 5-7 overall, 0-1 in SWAC play.
After the Texas Southern tilt, Southern heads across town to face the Lady Panthers of Prairie View A&M Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. and will stream live on PVPanthers.com
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