SWAC Play Kicks Off Monday Evening For Women’s Basketball At Southern

• Texas Southern returns to action for the first time since Dec. 18, 2021 as they’ll start SWAC play at Southern on Monday night in Baton Rouge, La.

• Fourth-year head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is back on the TSU sidelines for the third straight season. She led TSU to the SWAC Regular Season Championship for the first time in school history in 2012-13 in addition to a second-place finish in 2019-20. The team made it to the semifinals of the SWAC Tournament (before COVID-19) in 2020 and a quarterfinals appearance in 2021.

• Cooper-Dyke is 8-9 all-time against Southern. She last faced Southern in March of 2021 as SU holds a two-game winning streak over TSU.

• TSU has yet to play at home this season as its first two SWAC games are on the road which would mark nine games away before its first home game on Jan. 8. The non-conference home contest versus Virginia on Dec. 22 was canceled due to COVID-19.

• TSU has faced off against teams from four conferences in 2021-22. TSU has squared off against teams from the Pac-12 (3), Conference USA, SEC and Big 12. TSU is a de facto member of the Pac-12 this year with games at Arizona, Colorado and USC.

Jala Buster has turned into a block machine with one-plus block in six of TSU’s seven games. She has three games with three blocks apiece.

• Southern was picked third in the SWAC Preseason poll and has yet to win a contest versus an  NCAA opponent this season. SU has won three of the past five against TSU as head coach Carlos Funchess enters his fourth season. Genovea Johnson leads SU with nine points per game followed by Kayla Watson’s 8.3 points. Nakia Kincey is the top rebounder with 3.3 per contest.

• TSU was picked to finish sixth while guard Ataiya Bridges was named to the 2021-22 Preseason All-SWAC Second Team. The Tigers feature a revamped roster with 12 newcomers and five letterwinners returning.

Courtesy: TSUSports.com

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