Southern's women's basketball team hasn’t lost since Jan. 3.
The Jaguars have rattled off a Southwestern Athletic Conference-best six wins in a row, the latest a 77-62 victory Monday against Alabama A&M.
Since losing to Prairie View in its first game of the new year, Southern (8-9, 7-1 SWAC) has defeated Grambling, Jackson State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State and Alabama State and is 5-0 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
Add Alabama A&M to the list.
No. 7 is next, says guard Skylar O'Bear, who finished with a season-high 16 points Monday.
"Yeah, number 7," she said. "Keep going. Trying to go all the way."
Each of these Southern wins has been unique.
In a 66-58 win against Alabama State on Saturday, the Jaguars dialed back their in-your-face aggression and used half-court defensive fronts.
Southern coach Sandy Pugh calls Southern’s usual full-court crazed pressure “40 minutes of mayhem." On Monday, Southern brought back the chaos. Alabama A&M (9-9, 3-4 SWAC) had no answer.
No Bulldog reached 16 points, and A&M's offense was dismantled by Southern. The Bulldogs were baited into 19 turnovers, which in turn fueled Southern's offense.
Held to two points in the first half, star forward Briana Green’s 12 points were her fewest since she scored two points Dec. 9 in a loss at Auburn.
But while Green came in well below her 21.1 scoring average in SWAC play coming in, O’Bear, who drained all four of her 3-pointers, and freshman forward Alryic Scott, who scored 14 points for her third consecutive double-figure scoring game, shined.
"We picked up the slack for her tonight," O'Bear said.
"We had a lot of hiccups," Pugh said of Southern's offense. "We had time where we were very efficient and found the open guy ... Then we had times where we were a little out of sync."
Through scouting, Southern prepared to encounter Alabama A&M's zone defense, Pugh said. But the Jaguars' 54.5 percent night from 3 forced the Bulldogs to shift into man-to-man — much to Pugh's delight.
"I was surprised she went man," Pugh said. "Happy, too. I definitely was surprised."
O’Bear and Scott sparked Southern’s offense when it ran into those occasional issues having not practiced man-to-man offense in preparation for Alabama A&M.
Danayea Charles, the Jaguars’ savvy point guard, tallied a season-high six assists, and forward Briana Thompson, who is filling in for starting forward Sarai Blissett through her knee injury, snagged a season-high 10 rebounds.