Boyd and Hill spearhead Lady Tigers past Lady Braves

From Grambling State Sports Information:

LORMAN, Miss. | Shakyla Hill and Jazmin Boyd combined for 39 points as the Grambling State University women’s basketball team rolled past Alcorn State, 79-63, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Monday nightat the Davey L. Whitney Complex.

Grambling State (10-13 overall, 7-4 SWAC), which snapped a two-game losing streak, led 23-13 at the end of one period and took a 40-24 advantage into the half. The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Braves, 24-17, in the third and cruised to the conference win.

Hill, who was 7-for-13 from the field, posted a double-double of 22 points and 11 steals, along with eight assists and five rebounds. Boyd, who went 6-of-10 from the floor, added 17 points, one board and one assist. Madison Connally-Banks tallied eight points, two steals, one rebound and one assist.

Jada Hargrove paced Alcorn State with 15 points, eight assists, two steals, one block and one rebound. De’Asia Brown and Diamond Hall registered 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Turning Point

Grambling State opened the game on a 15-3 run, capped by a bucket by Ariel Williams, with 6:20 left in the first period. Alcorn State closed the gap to 15-8 after a 3-pointer by Jada Hargrove with 4:29 remaining.

The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Braves, 6-5, over the final four minutes to take a 21-13 lead into the second quarter.

Grambling State began the second period much like the first and opened the quarter on a 12-0 run, capped by a Justice Coleman layup to give the Lady Tigers a 33-13 advantage.

The Lady Tigers pushed the margin to 19 points, 40-21, right before the half on a layup by Shakyla Hill, but De’Asia Brown’s 3-pointer cut the deficit to 40-24 entering intermission.

Alcorn State (3-20, 2-9) could not recover from the huge deficit in the second half as Grambling State cruised to the victory.

Inside the Numbers
> Grambling State was 31-of-60 (51.7 percent) shooting and 14-of-22 (63.6 percent) from the charity stripe
> Alcorn State shot 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from the field and 73.1 percent (19-of-26) from the free-throw line

> The Lady Tigers registered 32 rebounds, including 21 on the defensive glass

> The Lady Braves pulled down 43 rebounds, with 21 coming on the offensive end

> Grambling State finished with 44 points in the paint, 36 points off 29 Lady Brave turnovers, 22 bench points, 18 fastbreak points and 12 second-chance points

> Alcorn State tallied 32 bench points, 32 points in the paint, 18 points off 19 Lady Tiger turnovers, 13 second-chance points and eight fastbreak points

News & Notes
> Grambling State completes the regular season sweep of Grambling State

> Shakyla Hill has posted double figures in scoring in 22 of-23 games this season

> Shakyla Hill now has 35 career double-doubles, including eight this season

> Shakyla Hill has scored 16 or more points in 68 times in her collegiate career

> Jazmin Boyd has scored in double figures 69 times in her collegiate career

> Grambling State head coach Freddie Murray remained perfect (7-0) against Alcorn State

> Shakyla Hill had 11 steals and is now 14 away from the school and SWAC all-time record

Up Next
Grambling State returns home on Saturday to take on Texas Southern. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. from the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Grambling State will be seeking a season sweep of Texas Southern for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

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