Saturday, March 12, 2016

Alabama State edges Southern women for SWAC title and NCAA berth; Jaguars will play in WNIT

HOUSTON, Texas — The Alabama State and Southern women were about as even as two teams could be.

The Lady Hornets beat the Jaguars by one point in overtime in January, and the Jaguars won by two points in the rematch in February.

They both finished 14-4 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season, ASU getting the No. 1 seed and Southern the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament.

When the teams met again in the SWAC tournament championship game Saturday afternoon in the Toyota Center, it was more of the same.

In the end, it was ASU holding off Southern 55-51 to win the conference title and advance to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year. The Jaguars (19-11) will play in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, their first postseason berth since 2011.

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