Senior Kendra Coleman made two free throws with 29 seconds remaining and scored a game-high 22 points as top-seeded Southern survived a scare in the first round of the SWAC Tournament to hold off eighth seed Mississippi Valley 62-57 Wednesday night in Houston.
The reinstated Coleman and Courtnei Purnell combined for 36 points and 16 rebounds a day after the league rescinded their suspensions for a Saturday night brawl with Texas Southern.
The Lady Jaguars overcame poor shooting and an eight point deficit in the first half to escape with the victory after Britney Washington was held to three points in the first half, but finished with 15.
Ashley Beals scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds, but fouled out after scoring the last point for Mississippi Valley to give the Devils a 57-56 lead with 35 seconds remaining.
Valley never trailed in the first half and Southern only led for 2:39 of the forty-minute contest as MVSU came so close to pulling off the stunning upset.
Mississippi Valley went to intermission with a 31-27 advantage, after the Lady Jags struggled to shoot just 25 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.