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Women's Basketball: 2013-14 Season Recap
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media  
Release: 07/09/2014
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JACKSON, Miss. - The Jackson State University women’s basketball team recorded a 2013-14 season that was filled with ups and downs, but was one that had several first under head coach Surina Dixon. In only her second year as head coach of the Lady Tigers, Dixon guided JSU to its first .500 win-loss record in five seasons by finishing with a 15-15 overall record and a 12-6 mark in SWAC play. Also for the first time in over four years, the Lady Tigers finished the regular season in third place in the conference standings.

2013-14 Recap: JSU opened its 2013-14 season with a tough slate of games, falling in Washington, D.C., 101-73 to George Washington at the Charles E. Smith Center and 83-63 to Howard University at Burr Gymnasium.

The Lady Tigers continued their road swing against SEC opponent  Mississippi State and against Memphis from the American Conference. JSU suffered an 81-42 loss to the Bulldogs and fell 77-64 loss to the Tigers. Despite the losses, JSU was competitive in the two games.

Jackson State picked up its first victory at home by beating Houston Baptist 74-50, before gifting a home victory to the University of Louisiana, 81-64.

The Lady Tigers went on to play four more games before entering conference play, picking up their lone victory at home over the University of New Orleans, 72-50.

JSU opened conference action going undefeated through its first three games, beating  Alabama A&M at home, 77-70; Alabama State in overtime at home, 71-64; and in-state rival and Alcorn State 64-52 in Lorman, Miss.

Jackson State suffered its first conference loss (69-59) in Baton Rouge, La. to Southern . The Lady Tigers bounced back at home, defeating Prairie View A&M University and head coach Dawn Brown (a former JSU women's basketball player), 83-82 in double overtime.

 JSU completed its regular-season slate winning its final eight of eleven contests to finish with a .500 in the winning percentage. JSU concluded the season with a 61-51 victory by outlasting Alabama State, at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome in Montgomery, Ala.

With the victory, the Lady Tigers improved to 14-14 overall and 12-6 in league play, marking the first time since 2008, that the Lady Tigers completed the regular-season by winning at least 50.0 percent of their games.

JSU also received national recognition by receiving an invitation to the 2014-15 Preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) by the WNIT committee.

College Sports Madness named Jackson State University’s junior forward Ayanna Hardy-Fuller to the Southwestern Athletic Conference Women’s basketball All-Conference Third Team, while junior guard Dominique Brothern was named to the All-Conference Fourth Team.

The Lady Tigers were able to finish its regular-season play third in the conference and hosted sixth seed in-state rival, Mississippi Valley State during the quarterfinal round of the 2014 SWAC Basketball Tournament on March 13, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. JSU defeated the Devilettes, 78-64 and advanced to the semifinals to face No. 2 seeded Texas Southern which would turn out to be a shootout. The Lady Tigers ended their season falling to TSU in overtime by two points, 79-77.  


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