Southern women’s basketball beats MVSU, 51-44, in SWAC Tournament

Southern women’s basketball beats MVSU, 51-44, in SWAC Tournament
Southern Women's Basketball (Source: Kevin Batiste)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - No. 1 Southern women’s basketball is moving on in the SWAC Tournament after a 51-44 win over No. 8 Mississippi Valley State Tuesday night.

Southern vs. MVSU in SWAC Tournament - Women's Basketball

“I knew we were going to have to do it as a unit,” said head coach Carlos Funchess. “We didn’t have that one person that was going to score 20 to 25 points every night. So, everybody chipped in and it was truly a great team effort.”

Southern was in control and led by 10 in the third quarter, but Valley came back swinging. A three-pointer from Ronni Williams gave the Devilettes the lead.

After going back and forth, the Lady Jags trailed by one until Skylar O’Bear knocked down a three-pointer to give her team the lead, 41-39.

On the next possession, a layup by LaKendra Bassett tied the game at 41.

But Brittany Rose came through for the Jags, as she knocked down a three-pointer to make the score 44-41 with just under a minute to go.

Southern hung for the 51-44 win and will head to Birmingham to play in the semifinals Friday against Grambling.

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