Jags win SWAC Championship; earn automatic bid to NCAA Tournament
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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