A win would push the Lady Tigers (7-10) over .500 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play. TSU is currently 3-3 against SWAC competition.
The host Devilettes (3-14) enter the game with a record of 2-4 in SWAC play. Mississippi Valley State has wins over Austin Peay, Arkansas–Pine Bluff, and Alabama State this season. LaKendra Bassett, the team’s 5-foot-5 senior guard, leads the Devilettes in scoring (11.3 points per game), rebounding (5.6 rebounds per contest), and assists (4.1 assists per game).
3’s, 3’s, and more 3’s
The Lady Tigers lead the SWAC in 3-point shooting, having made 33.2 percent (96 of 289) of their long-range shots. TSU also gives up the SWAC’s second-highest percentage of 3-pointers to opponents; TSU opponents shoot 33.6 percent (96 of 286) from 3-point range.
Monday’s game has the potential to be a high-scoring affair, as the Devilettes give up the most points per game in the SWAC. MVSU opponents average 76.0 points per contest.
Mitchell does it all …
Junior forward Niya Mitchell leads the SWAC in rebounding and ranks second in the conference in field-goal percentage She has made 54.2 percent (90 of 166) of her field-goal attempts, and grabs 9.1 rebounds per game.
… and heating up in SWAC play
Niya Mitchell is averaging a double-double in conference play. During TSU’s six league games, Mitchell has averaged 13.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per conference contest.
Lady Tigers vs. Mississippi Valley State
Mississippi Valley State leads the all-time series with Texas Southern 45–33 dating back to the advent of the NCAA’s women’s basketball era in 1981. However, recent success has belonged to TSU, as the Lady Tigers have won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the two teams dating back to 2013.