Southern (1-4) is off to a slow start this season, earning its only win of the season at home vs. Tougaloo College, 90-60. The Jaguars most recently fell to 12th-ranked Louisiana Tech, 78-29, in their last game a week ago. The Jaguars boast four players in double digits - Ashley Blake is averaging a double-double with 11.3 ppg and 12.3 rpg. Rolanda Monroe is putting up 16.4 ppg, Shere' Cunningham has 15.0 ppg and Sade' Rhodes has 12.0 ppg. Southern returns two letterwinners, including starter Rolanda Monroe, for a team that went 17-8 last season and finished fourth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference going 13-5.
McNeese State (2-5) most recently fell to Texas A&M, 74-48. The Cowgirls have faced three MSU opponents already this season, falling to New Orleans, 79-53, Mississippi, 85-72, and South Alabama, 54-51. Sophomore forward Regina Spivey is leading the Cowgirls with 12.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg. Junior post Tara Abdul-Hadi is putting up 11.0 ppg. Nine letterwinners returned on a squad that went 9-17 overall last year and 8-12 in the Southland Conference, finishing seventh.