Everything is bigger in Texas, including the task put in front of the Southern women’s basketball team this week.

The Jaguars (1-4) take their four-game losing streak on the road to Austin, Texas, where they will face off with the No. 4 Longhorns (6-0) at 11 a.m. Monday.

To make matters worse, Southern’s confidence isn’t exactly skyrocketing at the moment after coming off a 107-62 loss at Minnesota last week.

“Coming back from the Minnesota trip, I think everyone was very, very disappointed in our play,” Southern coach Sandy Pugh said. “We haven’t played to the level of competition that we’re capable of playing. I think a lot has to do with the sheer size of the teams (we’re playing).”

But despite the difficult start to the season, Pugh said she’s excited to get a chance at Texas this week, especially considering she’ll be reunited with one of her former players from Northwestern State in Angela Ortega who is currently an assistant coach with the Longhorns.

Pugh knows it’ll be a tough game, but she is willing to take even the smallest step in the right direction.

“I think we’re very capable of going in there and playing them tough, and that’s what were looking forward to,” Pugh said. “I’m definitely excited about it, and I think our kids are too. Mentally, I think they’re in a good place.”

The Jaguars know they have to get the losing streak off their backs at some point, but Pugh said that isn’t her biggest concern right now. That award goes to the point guard position, which has been her primary focus all season.

In the hopes of adding a little more of an offensive spark against the fast-paced Longhorns, Pugh is sitting senior Quitesha Scott in favor of senior Kendra Coleman at point guard.

“I think I just need someone there who understands what I’m trying to get accomplished,” Pugh said. “I also want to put the ball in her hands so she doesn’t have to compete so hard to put a shot up. Her and Britney (Washington) force a lot of shots because the shots weren’t coming in a rhythm.”

Pugh has also been critical of senior Jasmine Jefferson at the post, saying she hasn’t been as productive as the Southern coaches anticipated. Jefferson, 6-foot-1, averages 8.6 points and 4.8 points per game but has registered just 12 points and nine rebounds through the past three games.

Jefferson isn’t receiving much help, though, as fellow posts Jadea Brundidge, 6-2, and Yasmine Nelson, 6-3, have been ruled academically ineligible until final grades for the semester are reported in a few weeks.

“When you talk about getting shots off from the lane area, it’s been really hard for us with the undersized kids,” Pugh said. “We have a lot to look forward to, and I think that’s the biggest thing for the kids.” Everything is bigger in Texas, including the task put in front of the Southern women’s basketball team this week.

The Jaguars (1-4) take their four-game losing streak on the road to Austin, Texas, where they will face off with the No. 4 Longhorns (6-0) at 11 a.m. Monday.

To make matters worse, Southern’s confidence isn’t exactly skyrocketing at the moment after coming off a 107-62 loss at Minnesota last week.

“Coming back from the Minnesota trip, I think everyone was very, very disappointed in our play,” Southern coach Sandy Pugh said. “We haven’t played to the level of competition that we’re capable of playing. I think a lot has to do with the sheer size of the teams (we’re playing).”

But despite the difficult start to the season, Pugh said she’s excited to get a chance at Texas this week, especially considering she’ll be reunited with one of her former players from Northwestern State in Angela Ortega who is currently an assistant coach with the Longhorns.

Pugh knows it’ll be a tough game, but she is willing to take even the smallest step in the right direction.

“I think we’re very capable of going in there and playing them tough, and that’s what were looking forward to,” Pugh said. “I’m definitely excited about it, and I think our kids are too. Mentally, I think they’re in a good place.”

The Jaguars know they have to get the losing streak off their backs at some point, but Pugh said that isn’t her biggest concern right now. That award goes to the point guard position, which has been her primary focus all season.

In the hopes of adding a little more of an offensive spark against the fast-paced Longhorns, Pugh is sitting senior Quitesha Scott in favor of senior Kendra Coleman at point guard.

“I think I just need someone there who understands what I’m trying to get accomplished,” Pugh said. “I also want to put the ball in her hands so she doesn’t have to compete so hard to put a shot up. Her and Britney (Washington) force a lot of shots because the shots weren’t coming in a rhythm.”

Pugh has also been critical of senior Jasmine Jefferson at the post, saying she hasn’t been as productive as the Southern coaches anticipated. Jefferson, 6-foot-1, averages 8.6 points and 4.8 points per game but has registered just 12 points and nine rebounds through the past three games.

Jefferson isn’t receiving much help, though, as fellow posts Jadea Brundidge, 6-2, and Yasmine Nelson, 6-3, have been ruled academically ineligible until final grades for the semester are reported in a few weeks.

“When you talk about getting shots off from the lane area, it’s been really hard for us with the undersized kids,” Pugh said. “We have a lot to look forward to, and I think that’s the biggest thing for the kids.”