2018-19 Basketball

Grambling’s Shakyla Hill is women’s college basketball’s top all-around player


Grambling’s Shakyla Hill saved the game in the narrow victory over Prairie View A&M on Monday afternoon. Twice.

Shakyla Hill is a name you should be familiar with by now. Not only if you’re a Grambling or SWAC fan, but a fan of great basketball.

Prairie View A&M hosted Grambling on Monday afternoon. Hill came in the clutch on both sides of the ball with the game on the line, showing why she deserves the all the notoriety she receives.

The conference match-up went down to the wire. PVAMU narrowly led 63-62 over GSU with just over 15 seconds remaining in regulation. After two time-outs, Hill got the ball, drove, and hit a tough layup to take the 64-63 lead. When PVAMU got the rebound and tried to respond… there she was again. Hill blocked the potential game-winner and got the defensive rebound to snag the road victory. This should be the real definition of coast-to-coast.

Hill ended the game with 28 points, eight rebounds and seven steals.

This is just a glimpse into how locked in she has been. Hill recorded two triple-doubles in Grambling’s last four games: 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Saturday’s win over Texas Southern and 20 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the home loss to Southern on January 12.

Interestingly enough, Hill went viral for a quadruple-double over a year ago but hadn’t gotten a triple-double until this season against Southern.

The Lady Tigers have been on an upswing to say the least. GSU is now 8-10 overall, 5-1 in conference play and on a three-game win-streak. This is all after surviving a seven-game skid early in the season. Considering Hill currently averages 19.2 points per game and has racked up 102 defensive rebounds on the season, have no doubt GSU will continue to fight to defend its SWAC Tournament title come March.


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