Perhaps Southwestern Athletic Conference play was the remedy the Southern Jaguars needed.
Southern’s on fire lately, slashing through the SWAC for five wins and just one loss since 2018 began. The Jaguars’ most recent road trip — a two-game sweep at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday and another 70-54 win at Mississippi Valley State on Monday — was as successful as it was sharp.
The Jaguars (6-9, 5-1 SWAC) extended their winning streak to three games with Monday’s win, which was energized and conducted by Southern’s on-floor catalyst, senior forward Briana Green, once again.
In Southern’s winning streak, Green's been the wheels Southern has needed to keep rolling. She compiled 31 points on Jan. 8 against Jackson State, the SWAC’s top club before it tumbled into a two-game losing streak, posted 18 on Saturday at Arkansas-Pine Bluff and added 17 more on Monday in Itta Bena, Mississippi.
“I like what I see,” Southern coach Sandy Pugh said earlier this week. “She’s definitely been the reason for our success — a big, big, a major, part of our success in the last couple of ball games.”
“Briana’s a hard matchup. At her size and strength, she can post. She can shoot the [mid-range]. She can put it on the floor, finish with either hand. She’s our No. 1.”
With another loss Monday, Mississippi Valley State is now 0-17 this season. Southern’s not quite that perfect either — but its results lately would beg the Jaguars are en route to squashing the fourth-ranked finish the SWAC’s coaches and sports information directors predicted in October’s preseason.
The trend for the Jaguars of late is toward the top of the league’s leaderboard.
With Grambling losing by 10 points to Texas Southern on Monday, Southern became the SWAC’s only squad with five in-conference wins through this young season.
Consider it achieved, for now.