Southern women face Prairie View ... with TSU on horizon

The Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season women’s basketball title will come down to the Southern-Texas Southern game Saturday.

But the Jaguars first have business to tend to in their second-to-last regular-season game against Prairie View at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Southern and Texas Southern are both 14-2 in league play, and both will have a chance to claim at least a share of the title Saturday regardless of what happens Thursday. The Tigers visit Alcorn State on Thursday.

The Jaguars, 17-7 overall, won at Prairie View 88-74 in their SWAC opener Jan. 4, pulling away after leading by one point at halftime.

Southern began the conference season by winning its first eight games and has gone 6-2 since, the same record the Panthers have since beginning SWAC play at 5-3. Prairie View, 11-15 overall, had won five straight before losing to Alabama State 81-78 Monday.

In the first meeting, Jasmine Jefferson led the Jaguars with 22 points and 16 rebounds, Adrian Sanders scored 21 points and Kendra Coleman had 12 points.

Jeanette Jackson led the Panthers with 25 points, Larissa Scott had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Alexus Parker scored 10 points. Jackson is the second-leading scorer in the SWAC with an average of 19.4 points per game.

Southern is not allowing coaches or players from the women’s team to be interviewed until after the game against Texas Southern on Saturday.