The Southern women’s basketball team will make a brief visit to the F.G. Clark Activity Center to face Tougaloo College at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

It’s a rare home game for the Jaguars in their road-heavy early-season schedule.

“We’re looking forward to playing a game at the dome,” coach Sandy Pugh said.

Southern (2-5) hasn’t played a home game in 24 days, since a 50-45 victory Nov. 20 against South Alabama. The Jaguars’ only other home game was a 65-46 victory against Spring Hill in the season opener Nov. 13.

This game comes on the heels of a string of four road games against Nebraska, Kansas State, Iowa State and Maryland. Southern lost to the No. 5 Terrapins 94-61 on Friday.

Senior guard Britney Washington made her season debut against Maryland and scored a team-high 24 points, making 9-of-23 shots, including 3-of-11 3-pointers. Washington, the team’s leading returning scorer, had missed the first six games while awaiting academic certification.

“I’m still extremely optimistic,” Pugh said. “This team has a lot of potential. We’ll settle in and things will normalize.”

The Jaguars, who have nine new players this season, have gotten much-needed experience on the road. Pugh used 14 players against Maryland, 11 against Iowa State, 12 against Kansas State and 14 against Nebraska.

After this game, Southern visits Tulane on Friday before taking a break for Christmas. It begins the Southwestern Athletic Conference schedule with games at Texas Southern (Jan. 2) and Prairie View (Jan. 4).

The next home game is against Grambling on Jan. 9, meaning there will be a 26-day gap between home games.

The Bulldogs, an NAIA squad that plays in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, are 0-6 after a 78-59 loss to William Carey on Dec. 3.

Former Southern guard Yolanda Cartlidge is in her sixth season as the Bulldogs’ head coach. Cartlidge, who played four seasons (1988-91) and started three with the Jaguars, started her coaching career as a graduate assistant and then an assistant coach with Southern.

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