PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — In a game that saw 64 fouls and 77 free throws, it was only fitting that Prairie View’s Chelsea Tieuel was at the line shooting in the final seconds Wednesday.
Tieuel sank both free throws and sunk Southern’s comeback hopes, as the Panthers upset the Jaguars 69-62 at the William Nicks Building.
The Panthers made 29-of-44 free throws — including 10 in the final quarter — to come from behind and earn their first Southwestern Athletic Conference win of the season.
“I’m extremely disappointed in our effort. We should have won this game going away,” Southern coach Sandy Pugh said. “We were awful, unfocused.
“It’s a disservice when you beat a team like Texas Southern (on Monday), and then you come over here and play an inferior opponent that you are supposed to beat and you watch kids walk, not box out and not execute or do fundamentally sound things.”
Briana Green was the lone Jaguar in double figures, finishing with 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting. She also made 8-of-11 shots from the free-throw line, a familiar place for both teams.
“I’ve been playing the game a long time and I’ve never seen 77 free throws,” Green said. “But we can’t put teams on the free-throw line and expect to win games.
“We just weren’t playing together. We didn’t execute. We didn’t rebound. We didn't box out. It was just the little things.”
Southern (2-9, 1-1) led at half time and had a 2-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. A 13-6 PV run that included seven free throws gave the Panthers a lead they would not give back.
Jordyn Penniman led the Panthers (3-10, 1-1) with 13 points, while Shala Dobbins added 10.
Foul trouble plagued the Jaguars, with Green and Samantha Duncan fouling out and four others finishing with four fouls, including guards Skylar O’Bear and Tiamya Butler.
“Our point guard play was horrible,” Pugh said. “They were not getting the team into any kind of rhythm, and we weren’t running our offense.
“At critical moments, we could have turned the corner, but we couldn’t close. We had opportunity after opportunity, but we just didn’t have that bounce tonight.
Southern will return home to play Grambling State on Saturday in their home conference opener.
“When you talk about winning championships, you have to have bounce every night and you have to have pride in what you do,” Pugh said. “You have to execute and we didn’t do any of that tonight.”