The Southern women’s basketball team will play at home for the first time in 33 days when it hosts Florida A&M on Wednesday. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
It’s the first time the Jaguars have played at home since they opened the season with an 85-50 victory against Mobile College on Nov. 14. Since then Southern has played six straight road games and lost them all. The most recent was a 56-45 loss at Arizona last Thursday.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve had a home game,” guard Kendra Coleman said after practice Tuesday. “So we’re really looking forward to this.”
Coleman, who was the Jaguars leading scorer as a shooting guard last season, will make her third consecutive start at point guard Tuesday as Bonnie Scott comes off the bench.
“It’s more about managing the team and getting us into the offense,” Coleman said of the switch. “I have to make sure everybody is in their spots and knows what they’re supposed to be and what we’re running.
“At first I thought it would be a little more challenging to get my shot as the point guard, but it’s really easy. I can create my shot more. I’m really just looking to get my shot through the flow of the offense.”
Coleman has averaged 15.5 points, more than two points above her season average, since moving to the point. She has had just one assist, but had zero turnovers against Arizona after having four in her first start at the point against Texas.
Coach Sandy Pugh said Scott has been playing better since the change, having four assists and one turnover against Arizona.
“I really like (Coleman) with the ball in her hands,” Pugh said. “She makes the best decisions for us. She knows what I want. We’ve been a more solid team and she does a better job of taking care of the basketball for us.”
Southern’s frontcourt will receive a boost Wednesday with the return of the team’s two biggest players in Yasmine Fuller (6-foot-2) and Jadea Brundidge (6-3), both of whom have regained their academic eligibility after missing the first seven games.
“Conditioning is going to be a factor,” Pugh said. “The timing piece is going to be an issue too, but we’re going to gradually work them back into the fold. It’ll be a good thing to have subs who can go in and play some minutes and take up some space.”
Florida A&M, which beat the Jaguars 74-67 last season in Tallahassee, Fla., is 3-4 after winning its last two games.
Former Scotlandville High School guard Kenya Dixon leads the Lady Rattlers in scoring (10.4) and is second in rebounding (5.0).
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