Women’s Basketball To Face Mississippi Valley State Saturday Afternoon

• Looking to stay in the thick of the SWAC race, Texas Southern starts a two-game road trip against the State Devilettes, Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. inside the R.W. Harrison HPER Complex.

• Second-year head coach returns to the sidelines for the first time since 2012-13. She spent the 2012-13 season at TSU and led them to the SWAC Regular Season Championship for the first time in school history.

• Guard Ciani Cryor is averaging 17.5 points, 6.6 assists and 3.77 steals. Nationally, she ranks third in assists and 6th in steals per game. 

• Head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is 59-38 all-time in the month of February and 10-3 at TSU. 

• Cooper-Dyke is 10-3 all-time against Mississippi Valley State. She last faced Valley on Jan. 25, when Texas Southern won 88-58 as the game was played on the University of Houston campus. 

• Mississippi Valley State was picked eighth in the SWAC Preseason poll. Ayonna Cotton leads the team with 10.2 points per game while Shelli Thigpen and Diamond Wraggs each average 4.6 rebounds per game to lead the team. 

• TSU Senior forward Niya Mitchell completed the trifecta as she was named the SWAC’s Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year in addition to earning honors. A 5-10 graduate student from Bay City, Texas, Mitchell is averaging a double-double (15.8/11.9) and ranks 4th nationally in rebounding (7th in offensive rebounding). She has twelve double-doubles this season. Mitchell is tied for 20th, nationally, in steals. 

• TSU was picked fifth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason poll after finishing the 2018-19 season in fifth. TSU has a revamped roster with only five letterwiners retuning while they welcome nine newcomers and two redshirts. 

• TSU’s RPI through games played as of Feb. 19 is a SWAC-leading 137.

Courtesy: TSUSports.com


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