Jags win SWAC Championship; earn automatic bid to NCAA Tournament

Southern will face Sacred Heart in the First Four for a chance to take on No. 1 seed Stanford in the Seattle 4 Region of the NCAA Tournament.
Published: Mar. 11, 2023 at 3:14 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 12, 2023 at 7:36 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WAFB) - The Southern women’s basketball team pulled out the win in the SWAC Championship game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, March 11.

The Lady Jags have now punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

UPDATE: Southern will face Sacred Heart in the First Four on Wednesday, March 15, at 8 p.m. in Stanford, Calif. The winner will take on No. 1 seed Stanford on Friday.

The Jags (18-14, 13-6 SWAC) came away with a thrilling 62-53 victory over the Golden Lions (14-17, 10-4 SWAC).

Genovea Johnson led the Jags with 18 points on 40% shooting from the field. She also had five rebounds. Amani McWain followed with 15 points and shot 3-of-9 from beyond the arc. She had six rebounds of her own. Collectively, the Jags scored 24 points in the paint.

Demetira Shepard led Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 13 points.

The defense won the game. The Jags had 26 rebounds off of missed shots and snatched seven steals.

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