The South Alabama women's basketball team knows what it must do if it wants to earn a spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament as the No. 8 seed: win its final two game against Texas State (Wednesday) and Texas-Arlington (Saturday), both at the Jaguars' Mitchell Center.

It also knows what else must happen: Louisiana-Monroe must lose both of its games this week - Wednesday at Arkansas State and Saturday at Arkansas-Little Rock. Any deviation from that scenario - a South Alabama loss or Monroe win - puts Monroe in the tournament as the No. 8 seed.

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The Jags are 5-11 in league play and in ninth place heading into the week and Monroe is 7-9 and tied with Troy and Louisiana-Lafayette for sixth place. The Jags lost both games against Troy and Lafayette this season, thus giving those teams the edge of South Alabama in the tiebreaker. The Jags and Monroe split their two games, so it comes down to this week and winning - and losing.

South Alabama can find a positive in the fact Monroe lost to Arkansas State and UALR in earlier games and in both cases the games proved to be relatively easy wins for the opponent. But the concern comes in the Jags' previous games against Texas State and UT-Arlington. The Jags beat Arlington and lost to Texas State, but both games were nail-biters that came down to the last shot.

Here is a quick review of those earlier games:


USA 73, UT-ARLINGTON 72 (OT): Meghan Dunn hit a pair of free throws with 8.7 seconds left in the extra period and a last-second shot by Arlington at the buzzer was ruled no good after a video review, giving the win in this Jan. 25 game on the road. The win put the Jags at 6-11 overall and 4-3 in Sun Belt play while UT-Arlington fell to 1-17 and 0-7. Dunn and Breanna Hall scored 21 points each for the Jags. Desherra Nwanguma led Arlington with 19 points and 17 rebounds.

TEXAS ST. 63, USA 61: The Jags trailed by 12 at halftime but made a strong charge in the second half. They had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but Jennifer Johnson's shot missed the mark, leaving USA two points shy. South Alabama record fell to 7-16 overall and 5-8 in the league in the Feb. 19 game while TSU improved to 12-12 and 9-4. Dunn scored 18 to lead South Alabama and Aryiel Anderson had 17 to lead TSU.


ARKANSAS ST. 80, ULM 68: The Red Wolves were in charge throughout the game. At one time ASU led by 18 and Monroe was able to cut that advantage to 12 points, but almost as quickly, it pushed the lead back to 20 and coasted the rest of the way in the Jan. 29 game. The win boosted ASU's records to 13-7 and 7-1 while Monroe fell to 7-13 and 3-5. Jasmine Shaw led ULM with 17 points while Hanna Qedan and Jane Morrill scored 15 points each.

UALR 63, ULM 47: The Trojans used a 14-0 run in the second half to put this game away. They were in control most of the way, but the scoring run took away any momentum Monroe might have had a chance to build in the Feb. 15 game. The win improved UALR's records to 13-10 and 8-5 while Monroe fell to 9-15 and 5-7. Ashleigh Simmons led ULM with 15 points and eight rebounds. The Trojans were led by Taylor Gault's 18 points