BATON ROUGE -- Southern University women's basketball avoided having to share the Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season crown with former coach Sandy Pugh and Prairie View A&M after throttling rival Texas Southern 60-49 to win consecutive SWAC title for the second time in program history.
Sophomore Alyric Scott scored 12 points and senior Skylar O'Bear added 11 points to help the Jaguars secure the top overall seed in next week's postseason tournament. Freshman Taneare Moore added a game high 10 rebounds.
Southern will host No. 8 seed Mississippi Valley State in the first round on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
This is the first championship for first-year head coach Carlos Funchess, who made history Saturday night becoming the first coach in Southern women's basketball history to win the league's regular-season title outright in their inaugural season as head coach.
Southern needed a second half surge to distance themselves from the Tigers after a first half that saw seven lead changes and five ties.
Skyler O’Bear fed Rishonti Cowart for an open jumper with 9:05 in the fourth quarter to extend the Jaguars lead to 43-37.
Texas Southern responded with a 5-0 run to trim the lead to two when O’Bear drilled a three-pointer from the wing to give Southern a 46-41 lead.
Both teams traded made baskets down the stretch allowing Southern to maintain a 5-point cushion when Alyric Scott’s layup with 4:44 left sparked a 6-0 run to seal the outright championship for the Jaguars.
Despite an off shooting night, Southern connected when it counted, shooting 7 of 12 from the field and a perfect 4 of 4 from the free throw line in the final quarter. The Jaguars dominated TSU on the glass, grabbing 44 rebounds to the Tigers 27.
Tickets for Tuesday's first-round game are available now on ticketmaster.com and will be available for purchase on campus at the SU Ticket Office starting Monday morning at 9 a.m.