The Southern women’s basketball team knew the early part of the schedule was going to be a challenge and that wins wouldn’t come easily.

But after losing the first three of six consecutive road games, the Jaguars are looking for improvement even it doesn’t come in the form of a victory.

Southern (1-3) lost its first road game by just three points at Southeastern Louisiana a week ago before losing by 23 at Ole Miss on Thursday and by 20 at Illinois on Sunday. Next up is a visit to Minnesota (3-0) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The loss at Illinois was marked by an 11-minute field-goal drought during a 21-1 Illini run. That turned a game that the Jaguars once led by nine points into a lopsided defeat. Southern shot 1-for-21 and committed nine turnovers during the pivotal stretch.

Guards Britney Washington (17.3 points per game) and Kendra Coleman are the only Jaguars averaging in double figures.

The Gophers are returning home after a 68-62 victory at Memphis on Sunday. They held the Tigers to 32.4 percent shooting.

Minnesota, like Illinois did against Southern, overcame a first-half deficit with a decisive run. The Gophers trailed 31-29 at halftime, but began the second half with a 21-7 run.

Southern will return to the road to visit Texas on Dec. 8 and Arizona on Dec. 11 before returning home to play Florida A&M on Dec. 17.