GRAMBLING, La. – After trailing most of the night, Grambling made a monumentous 30-16 run in the third quarter and gained the lead entering the fourth, but it wasn’t enough as Texas Southern held on for the 89-85 Southwestern Athletic Conference victory at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. The loss is the Lady Tigers’ fifth in a row.
“We keep digging a hole for ourselves with all our turnovers,” said Grambling State assistant coach Isayra Diaz. “We picked up the slack in the second quarter and second half, especially in the third quarter, and we were able to limit turnovers.”
Grambling (2-15, 1-5 SWAC) struggled early in the game and was outscored 29-12 in the opening quarter. Texas Southern extended their lead to 18 points before Grambling got a grip of things behind Candice Parramore who scored 14 first-half points. The Lady Tigers outscored Texas Southern 22-18 in the second quarter but still trailed by 13 points at the break.
Candice Parramore finished with a game-high 22 points against Texas Southern.
Parramore continued her hot streak in the second half and led the Lady Tigers with a game-high 22 points on 3-of-6 shooting from downtown while teammate Mylashia Yancy finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 boards while hitting all six of her free-throw attempts. Ariel Williams was a stat sheet filler all night as she generated 19 points, seven boards, five assists and four steals in the loss.
“We just try to throw a lot of defenses towards them. We try to switch it up between zone and man and give them a different look every possession down the court and keep them off their heels,” said Coach Diaz.
The third quarter was owned by Grambling as they outscored Texas Southern 30-16 and maintained a one-point lead heading to the fourth quarter when Texas Southern pulled down several key offensive rebounds to help regain the lead. Grambling had one final chance to tie or take the lead as they trailed by just two points with less than 20 seconds to play, but Parramore made a move to the basket and threw the ball into the stands, resulting in a turnover for the Lady Tigers.
As a team, Grambling committed 22 turnovers while Texas Southern produced 23 of their own.
“On the final possession, the designed play was to get a handoff with Justice Coleman and have Ariel attack the basket, said Coach Diaz. “Ariel drove to the basket then passed it to Candice Parramore, then she drove when she saw the lane open up and stumbled when she attempted the pass. By that time it was too late and our girl had already shifted to the corner.”
Ariel Williams finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals.
The Lady Tigers were led by the three-headed monster Niya Mitchell, Ciani Cryor, and Ataiya Bridges. Mitchell tied a game-high with 22 points while Cryor finished with 18 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, seven turnovers and five steals. Bridges added 20 points, three rebounds, three assists and hit all eight of her free throws in the win.
Courtesy: GSU Athletics