Deidra Jackson scored a game-high 23 points and Jamie Floyd added 10 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Southern Lady Jaguars to a 64-56 win over Mississippi Valley State in the first semifinal of the 2009 SWAC Basketball Tournament.
Trailing 31-25 at the half, Sandy Pugh turned up the heat on defense, and the ladies responded and walked down the Delta Devilettes, outscoring MVSU by 14 in the second half, 39-25.
"This was a great win for us," head coach Sandy Pugh said. "Nate Kilbert does a great job with his team, and they got us twice during the regular season. I knew if we just kept playing, our shots would begin to fall, and they did. It is great to get our program back to the SWAC championship game. It's the first time since 2005," says Pugh.
SU dominated the points in the paint with a 28-18 advantage, while also out dueling MVSU 16-9 in second chance points. SU's bench outscored Mississippi Valley State's 20-11. The score was tied eight different times, and the lead also changed seven times.
Southern will play for the SWAC championship Saturday at four o'clock. The winner of the title game earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.