• Texas Southern continues SWAC play Monday, Jan. 20, on the road against Grambling State at 5:30 p.m. inside the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
• Second-year head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke returns to the TSU 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 off to a sizzling start as she's averaging 17.1 points, 7.2 assists and 3.93 steals. She ranks third nationally in assists per game and fourth in steals.
• Head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is 68-40 all-time in the month of January and 11-2 at TSU.
• Cooper-Dyke is 14-1 all-time against Grambling State. She last faced GSU in 2016 when she was head coach at Southern Cal. Her lone loss to Grambling State was during the 2009-10 season as she fell 68-65 while at Prairie View A&M.
• Grambling State was picked sixth in the SWAC Preseason poll. Justice Coleman leads the team with 13.1 points per game while Alexus Holt leads with 4.4 rebounds per game. Grambling State has lost four consecutive games and is 1-4 in SWAC play.
• 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 first team honors. A 5-10 graduate student from Bay City, Texas, Mitchell is averaging a double-double (15.7/12.0) and ranks 5th nationally in rebounding and 12th in steals. She has eight double-doubles.
• 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 as of Jan. 18 is 92 and is 63 points higher than the next closest team (Jackson State) in the SWAC. TSU has the fifth-highest RPI in the state of Texas.
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