Women's Basketball Weekly Release: February 1
Saturday, February 3
Miss. Valley State vs. Alabama State
Itta Bena, Miss., 2:00 p.m.
Grambling State vs. Southern
Grambling, La., 3:00 p.m.
Jackson State vs. Alcorn State
Jackson, Miss. 3:00 PM
(SWAC DIGITAL NETWORK)
Prairie View vs. Texas Southern
Prairie View, Texas, 3:00 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Alabama A&M
Pine Bluff, Ark., 5:00 p.m.
Monday, February 5
Grambling State vs. Alcorn State
Grambling, La., 5:30 p.m.
Miss. Valley State vs. Alabama A&M
Itta Bena, Miss., 5:30 p.m.
Jackson State vs. Southern
Jackson, Miss., 5:30 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Alabama State
Pine Bluff, Ark., 5:30 p.m.
NEWS AND NOTES:
•The Southern Jaguars have reeled off seven straight wins and remain in first place in league standings. That will be put to the test when they pay a visit to the defending regular-season champion Grambling State Lady Tigers. While Southern won a nail-biter at Grambling last season, the Jaguars haven't found much success at Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly, having dropped five of their last seven contests in Grambling's home gym.
•The SWAC Digital Network has another intriguing matchup on tap as Alexus Freeman leads Alcorn State into hostile territory to take on Derica Wiggins and the Jackson State Lady Tigers. While the Lady Braves and their 10th ranked scoring defense in league play must slow down the third-highest scoring offense in the SWAC when it comes to conference action, fans can expect a lot of thefts as JSU (13.9) and Alcorn (12.0) rank first and third, respectively, in team steals per game.
•Texas Southern's Joyce Kennerson -- the nation's leading scorer at 25.4 PPG -- has saved some of her best play for rival Prairie View A&M. Over her last four games against the Lady Panthers, the Port Arthur, Texas native is averaging 26.2 points per game.
•Prairie View's Shala Dobbins -- who is ranked in the top 25 nattionally in scoring -- scored 32 points in the Lady Panthers' prior meeting with Texas Southern earlier this season. Dobbins has the best single-game scoring output by a player against TSU since Johnetta Hayes-Perry took over as head coach, sharing it with former SMU player Keena Mays (March 2014). Only Kansas State's Brittany Chambers in March 2013 has more points against TSU in the past 5 seasons.
• Jackson State (3rd), Grambling State (10th) and Alcorn State (12th) each rank among the top 15 nationally in steals per game. Grambling's Shakyla Hill (5.3; 2nd) and Alcorn's Alexus Freeman (4.15; 4th) rank top five nationally in steals per game among individuals.