This past week, the Texas Southern men’s and women’s basketball teams wrapped up their regular seasons, and will both be headed to the SWAC tournament with high seeds.
The Texas Southern Lady Tigers won two of their three games this week, but fell to Alcorn State in the season finale as their chance to be SWAC regular season champions fell by the wayside.
The Lady Tigers needed to win out for them to tie with Southern to become SWAC champions. The Lady Tigers won their first two games against Alabama State and Southern.
The Lady Tigers beat Alabama State in blowout fashion, 76-48. Joyce Kennerson led the Lady Tigers with 28 points.
The Lady Tigers’ defense was on display throughout the game. Alabama State made just 11 field goals in the game. The Lady Tigers forced them to shoot 27 percent from the field.
The Lady Tigers avenged their earlier season loss to Southern with a great first half, which gave them a 14-point lead that Southern couldn’t come back from.
The Lady Tigers shot 51 percent from the field, while Southern shot just 36 percent. The Lady Tigers held Southern’s star player Briana Green to 13 points.
Kennerson led the Lady Tigers with 22 points, while Taylor Robinson pitched in her career high with 18 points.
The Lady Tigers lost to Alcorn State on a last-second shot by Alexus Freeman. The Lady Tigers would turn over the ball to end the game.
Alcorn State held Kennerson to 13 points on 5 of 18 shooting. The Lady Tigers shot better than Alcorn State, but the Lady Tigers only made four free throws in the game. Alcorn State made 13 free throws.
The turnovers by the Lady Tigers were a huge difference in the game. Alcorn State got 21 points off the Lady Tigers 26 turnovers.
The Lady Tigers head into the SWAC tournament on Tuesday with the No. 2 seed and will face Alabama State at home on Tuesday. The Lady Tigers swept Alabama State by an average 30 points this season.
The Texas Southern Tigers finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak, which is tied for the second-longest winning streak in the SWAC.
The Tigers routed Alabama State in their first game behind a combined 71 points from Derrick Bruce and Demontrae Jefferson.
Bruce couldn’t miss from behind the arc, connecting on eight 3-pointers. Alabama State slowed down the rest of the team, but the Tigers needed just seven points with the scoring outputs of Bruce and Jefferson and the remaining did their job.
The Tigers escaped with a win against Southern in a chippy game, which saw a player from each team ejected due to a scuffle in the first half.
Jefferson had his second straight 30-point game with 36 points. Donte Clark added 28 points for the Tigers.
The Tigers led throughout the game and won the game due to their free throw shooting. The Tigers made 17 free throws while shooting 65 percent, while Southern made 14, shooting 58 percent.
The last game was against Alcorn State in which a second-half comeback led the Tigers to the win. The Tigers outscored Alcorn State by 10 points in the second half after being down by three at the half.
The Tigers had four players in double-figures, and were led by Clark, who had 24 points. Jefferson scored 19 points on a bad shooting night. Bruce and Marquis Salmon added 14 and 13 points each.
The Tigers’ defense led them to 13 turnovers, which turned into 17 points. The Tigers didn’t have a great game shooting the ball just 33 percent from the field
The Tigers head into the SWAC tournament as the No. 3 seed and will face Alabama State at home on Tuesday. The Tigers swept Alabama State this season by an average 16 points.