SU women pull away for win over Prairie View

The Southern women’s basketball team tuned up for its Southwestern Athletic Conference showdown Saturday by beating Prairie View A&M 69-59 on Thursday night in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The Jaguars, 18-7 and 15-2 in the SWAC, will host Texas Southern in a head-to-head matchup for the conference title in the regular-season finale Saturday afternoon. Texas Southern moved to 15-2 with a 67-64 win over Alcorn State on Thursday night.

Britney Washington came off the bench to lead a balanced Jaguars scoring attack with 14 points. Kendra Coleman scored 13 and Jasmine Jefferson had 12.

Gabrielle Scott led the Panthers (11-16 and 11-6) with 15 and Alexus Parker and Jeanette Jackson scored 12 each. Jackson, the second-leading scorer in the SWAC with an average of 19.4 points, made just 4-of-17 shots, including 2-of-7 3-pointers.

The score was tied at 30 at halftime after both teams shot less than 40 percent from the floor.

But Southern found the range in the second half and Prairie View didn’t. The Jaguars shot 56 percent and the Panthers 31 percent.

Parker scored the Panthers’ first four points of the half, giving them their final lead at 34-32.

Washington’s 3-pointer put the Jaguars back on top and Jefferson’s consecutive layups pushed the edge t five.

Scott and Taylor Overshown both made 3-pointers as Prairie View got within one, but Adrian Sanders’ layup started a 7-0 Southern run.

The run ended when Scott made a 3-pointer, but the Jaguars scored the next six points to take a 58-47 lead with seven minutes left.

The Panthers got within seven, but Washington made a jumper from the key. They got within six, but Yasmine Nelson scored on a putback. They got within six again, but Jefferson made a layup and Coleman two free throws to put it away with less than a minute to play.

Southern coach Sandy Pugh and her players were not available for interviews after the game in accordance with their decision not to talk until after Saturday’s game so they can focus on trying to win the regular-season title. They’re one win away from accomplishing that goal.

The Jaguars made just one of their first eight shots as Prairie View took a 10-2 lead.

Zeneka Willix’s basket on a drive started a string of three straight made baskets by the Jaguars, but the Panthers answered with seven straight points to take a 17-8 lead.

Willix’s basket from the lane started a 10-2 Southern run that ended when Coleman scored her first points on a 3-pointer that pulled the Jaguars within 20-18 with seven minutes left in the half.

Washington’s corner jumper evened the score at 25, the first time Southern wasn’t behind since the score was 2-2.

Another 3-pointer by Coleman completed a 10-0 run that gave the Jaguars a 30-25 lead.

Jackson made a 15-footer and added a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to even the score at 30 at halftime.