GRAMBLING, La. – Despite trailing by six points at the end of the opening quarter, the Lady Tigers regained the lead at halftime and never looked back en route to a 69-59 victory over Alabama A&M in the first Southwestern Athletic Conference game of the year. The win snaps a 7-game losing streak for Grambling.
“We knew the non-conference schedule was going to be brutal to us early, but we just wanted to develop chemistry during that time, and it was truly rewarding to say the least to finish off strong and get this victory,” said head coach Freddie Murray. “We will continue to learn from our previous mistakes and use that to our advantage in conference play. I honestly feel we could have played better, but we have another shot on Monday,” said Coach Murray.
The Lady Tigers (2-10, 1-0 SWAC) trailed 18-12 at the end of the first quarter but clamped down on the defensive end in the second quarter, allowing only eight points for Alabama A&M while scoring 17. Grambling led by three at the half and never relinquished its lead for the rest of the night, outscoring Alabama A&M 18-12 in the third quarter.
Grambling had a total of three scorers in double figures and was led by Justice Coleman who finished with 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. She also added four boards, one assist and one steal while teammate Alexus Holt generated 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field, including 2-of-3 from downtown. Holt also grabed six boards, dished out three assists and had one steal in 28 minutes. Candice Parramore came off the bench and chipped in with 12 points and four assists in the victory.
“We are only going to get better,” said Coach Murray. “We were led by those three, and overall we will continue to build on today’s win as we prepare for Alabama State on Monday,” said Coach Murray.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by Dariauna Lewis who finished with a double-double, scoring a game-high 21 points and grabbing 11 boards in the loss while fellow Lady Bulldog Jamecia Cobb chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Courtesy: GSU Athletics