The SUBR women's basketball team, who were Southwestern
Conference (SWAC) champions, captured the 2010 Farmers Insurance Southwestern
Athletic Conference tournament championship in Bossier City with a 60-47
victory over Alabama State University.
This is the first time since the 2001-02 season that SU has
won the regular season title, the number one seed in the tournament, and the
tournament championship. Southern (23-8, 14-4 SWAC) earned the SWAC's automatic
bid into the NCAA tournament.
Junior Hannah Kador was named the tournament's most valuable
player while Ashley Augerson was named to the all-tournament team.
This is head coach Sandy Pugh's fourth conference tourney
title in six tries. She leaves the Shreveport-Bossier City area with a 17-6
overall record and 4-2 in the tournament championship games. The victory also
improves SU's record in the state to 15-1 and 4-0 in the month of March.
SU is vying for its fourth overall NCAA Tournament berth,
while the Jaguars are 0-3 all-time in three previous appearances. Pugh has led
SU to the NCAA's in four out 10 seasons on "the bluff."
The 2005-06 season was the last time SU attended the big
dance. They were defeated by Duke University 96-27 the same year the SU men's
team played along side the women versus the Duke men'ss team.
Eight pre-determined sites will host first and second round
games on March 20 and 22: Stanford, California; Berkeley, California; Durham,
North Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Seattle,
Washington; Tallahassee, Florida; and Tempe, Arizona. The eight other sites
will host games on March 21 and 23: Ames, Iowa; Austin, Texas; Cincinnati,
Ohio; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Norfolk, Virginia; Norman, Oklahoma; Notre Dame,
Indiana; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Winners advance to the four regional sites to be played
March 27-30 at either Memphis, Tennessee; Sacramento, California; Dayton, Ohio;
and Kansas City, Missouri. The 2010 NCAA Final Four will be played on April 4
in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.