Kendra Coleman’s return sparks Jaguars _lowres

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Sandy Pugh hopes to lead the Jaguars to being the first SWAC team to win a postseason game when they visit Arkansas State on Thursday night in Jonesboro, Ark.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. — The second game between the Southern and Arkansas-Pine Bluff women’s basketball teams went about like the first one did.

The Jaguars forced 24 turnovers and scored 30 points off of them to beat the Lady Golden Lions 69-42 on Jan. 17 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

In the rematch Saturday, the Jaguars forced 31 turnovers and scored 29 points off of them in a 72-47 victory in the H.O. Clemmons Arena.

They had 17 steals, three more than they had in the first meeting.

“We were up 12 at halftime and wanted to come back out and jump on them quickly to start the second half,” Southern coach Sandy Pugh said. “We got a quick turnover and hit a couple of layups and never looked back. We coasted after that.”

The Jaguars followed a similar script in the first meeting. They led by eight at halftime and got a steal and a layup on the first possession of the second half.

Another steal moments later led to another layup that triggered a 12-0 run and a 21-point lead.

Southern won its ninth game in a row to improve to 10-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and 12-10 overall. It visits Mississippi Valley State on Monday.

UAPB, losing for the eighth time in nine games, is 3-9 and 5-18.

“We were able to push up on them,” Pugh said. “They’ve been struggling of late and we wanted to force them to play a lot of minutes at a fast pace and that took a toll.”

Pugh said the other major factor in the victory was the shooting of Britney Washington, who had a game-high 17 points. She made 7-of-11 field goals, including 3-of-4 3-pointers.

Briana Green scored 16 points, making 8-of-11 shots, and Jasmine Jefferson scored 12, making 5-of-8. Kendra Coleman had 11 points, but made just 4-of-14 shots and missed all six 3-pointers she attempted.

Jazmyne Victorian was the only one of 12 UAPB players to score in double figures, finishing with 14 points.

The Jaguars never trailed in the game and led by as many as 30 points.

Second-place Southern remained a half-game behind Texas Southern, which improved to 10-1 in the SWAC with a 67-38 victory at Grambling.

The Jaguars have won each of their last three games by more than 20 points and their average margin of victory during the win streak is 19 points.