SU women seeking bounce-back effort

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Southern's Jasmine King passes around a Grambling player in the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.
Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Southern's Jasmine King passes around a Grambling player in the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

The last time the Southern women’s basketball team lost, the Jaguars responded with an eight-game winning streak.

They’ll look to exhibit similar resolve Monday night at Mississippi Valley State, their first action since suffering a 59-50 setback Saturday at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

“Anything can happen with these kids,” coach Sandy Pugh said. “You never know what I’m going to get.”

The Jaguars (11-12, 10-2) have spent much of the season atop the SWAC, but their loss Saturday left them a half-game behind Texas Southern with seven to go. Southern’s two losses in the league have come against teams that have combined for seven conference wins.

After losing by 16 at Grambling in early January, Southern finished the first half of SWAC play with six straight wins, then survived scares from Grambling and Jackson State to reach eight in a row.

“If history repeats itself, we’ll step up and do what we need to do Monday night,” Pugh said. “But if the leadership doesn’t shine, I don’t know what I’m going to get.”

Given the play of Valley in recent weeks, Pugh will need her team’s best effort.

The Delta Devils (11-12, 8-4) have reeled off four straight wins to take sole possession of third in the league. They would pull within a game of second by knocking off Southern.

Alia Frank leads Valley at 11.4 points per game and 6.4 rebounds. She had 16 points in Saturday’s 65-57 victory over Alcorn State.

Southern took a 75-62 victory when the teams met in Baton Rouge last month, but the Delta Devils led 6-2 in the early going and were within striking distance throughout the second half.

“We’ll have our hands full when we go up there to see them,” Pugh said then.

Southern guard Kendra Coleman had 12 points in the second half Saturday but was held without a point in the first 20 minutes. Yasmin Fuller led the Jaguars with 15 points off the bench.