GRAMBLING, La. | After taking the court for competition for the first time since December 13, four Lady Tigers scored in double figures as Grambling State rolled past Southern University by the score of 67-64 in their first Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) contest of the season on Saturday afternoon at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Southern University (1-7 overall, 1-1 SWAC) came in hot with an 8-0 run capped by a Caitlin Davis 3-pointer, but the Lady Tigers were able to close the gap by the end of the first quarter, trailing 18-17.
The Lady Tigers (2-3 overall, 1-0 SWAC) took their first lead of the night, 19-18, after a lay up by Leah Morrow with 9:27 remaining in the first half. GSU outscored the Lady Jaguars 16-9 in the second quarter to take a 33-27 lead into the break.
Southern played catch-up later on as they led in third quarter points (19 to18) but still trailed 49-45 at the end of the period.
With 34 seconds remaining in the fourth, Candice Parramore made 1-of-2 free-throws as the Lady Tigers led 65-62. Kayla Watson produced a lay up to make it a one-point game, 65-64 as Grambling State called a timeout. Alexus Holt was fouled by Tyneisha Metcalf and was able to close out the game with a pair of free throws.
Parramore led GSU with 17 points while fellow Lady Tiger Justice Coleman added 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal. Alexus Holt chipped in 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals while Brandi Washington tallied 10 points and two rebounds, respectively.
Amani McWain paced Southern with a double-double, including 17 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. Davis added 12 points, one rebound, two assists and one steal while teammate Raven White added 10 points and seven rebounds. Teneara Moore tallied 10 points, four rebounds and one assist in the loss for the Lady Jags.
Inside the Numbers
> Grambling State was 24-of-51 (47.1 percent) shooting and 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) from the charity stripe
> Southern University shot 40 percent (24-of-60) from the field and 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the free-throw line
> The Lady Tigers registered 29 rebounds, including 14 on the defensive glass
> The Lady Jaguars pulled down 36 rebounds, with 22 coming on the defensive end
> GSU finished with 38 points in the paint, 15 points off 21 Lady Jaguar turnovers, 20 bench points, 20 fast-break points and eight second-chance points
> SU registered seven bench points, 22 points in the paint, 21 points off 19 Lady Tiger turnovers, 12 fast-break points and 13 second-chance points
Grambling State returns to action on Monday, January 11 against Alcorn State. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m CT in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.