From Grambling State Sports Information :
GRAMBLING, La. | The Grambling State University women’s basketball team will look to get back into the win column as the Lady Tigers conclude their three-game road trip this weekend against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Mississippi Valley State in a pair of Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) games.
Grambling State (12-14 overall, 9-5 SWAC), which currently sits tied for third with Alabama State in the SWAC standings with four games remaining in the regular season, has already punched its ticket to the 2019 SWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Lady Tigers are coming off an 89-60 road loss to Jackson State on Feb. 23 and will be seeking a season sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and a series split with Mississippi Valley State.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (5-18, 2-13) will enter Saturday’s game riding a two-game losing streak. The Lady Lions dropped games to Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M. UAPB currently sits on the outside looking for a spot at the conference tournament.
Mississippi Valley State (4-22, 3-12) has lost its last six games, with its last win coming on Feb. 4 at Grambling State. The Devilettes will play host to Jackson State on Saturday, before Grambling State comes to town. Mississippi Valley State is currently tied for the eighth spot in the conference with Alcorn State as the Lady Braves hold the tiebreaker based on head-to-head results.
ABOUT ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF
> Arkansas-Pine Bluff is averaging 51.3 points per game, while its opponents are averaging 65.5 points
> UAPB is shooting 32.9 percent from the field and 53.0 percent from the foul line
> Noe’ll Taylor paces the Lady Lions offense at 9.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, followed by Shawntayla Harris at 8.1 points and 6.6 boards per game
ABOUT MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
> Mississippi Valley State is averaging 59.6 points per game, while its opponents are averaging 76.2 points
> MVSU is shooting 35.7 percent from the field and 61.1 percent from the foul line
> LaKendra Bassett paces the Devilette offense at 10.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, followed by Kristy Parker at 10.5 points and 2.7 boards per game
LAST TIME OUT
> Grambling State is coming off an 89-60 loss to Jackson State on Feb. 23
> Jazmin Boyd led the way with 15 points, while Shayla Hill added 13 points and seven assists
> GSU shot 33.3 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the charity stripe
> Shakyla Hill currently ranks fourth on the all-time GSU scoring list with 1,952 points
> Shakyla Hill is currently tied with Shiakiea Carter’s Grambling State and SWAC record with 469 steals. One steal against UAPB on Saturday will her the record outright
> Shakyla Hill has 581 career assists and currently ranks second in the GSU record books. She needs 21 to hold the all-time record, which is held by Shiakiea Carter (601)
> Jazmin Boyd has posted double figures in scoring 71 times in her collegiate career
> Shakyla Hill has scored 15 or more points 70 times in her collegiate career, including 21 times this season
> Shakyla Hill has 35 career double-doubles, two triple-doubles and two quadruple-double
> Shakyla Hill ranks second nationally in steals and steals per game
> Grambling State won two games at the Puerto Rico Classic, defeating Indiana and Loyola-Marymount
> The Lady Tigers snapped Indiana’s 16-game win streak, which was the longest active winning streak
> Shakyla Hill was just two assists and two steals away from her second career quadruple double in a loss to South Dakota at the Puerto Rico Classic
> Jazmin Boyd surpassed the 1,000-point plateau on Nov. 11 against Southern Miss
> Shakyla Hill posted her second-career quadruple-double on Feb. 2 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. She became the first men’s and women’s NCAA Division I player to accomplish the feat twice in a career
> Grambling State was predicted to win the SWAC regular season champion
GRAMBLING STATE BASKETBALL HISTORY
> Grambling State won the SWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship in 2018, ending a nearly 20-year drought
> Under Freddie Murray, the Lady Tigers have defeated notable Power 5 opponents Ole Miss and Indiana
> Grambling State became the first SWAC school to win a postseason game, defeating Ole Miss in the 2017 WNIT opening round
> In the past two seasons, Grambling State has played in the WNIT and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament
Grambling State completes its three-game road trip on Monday against Mississippi Valley State. The Lady Tigers will concluded the regular season on Thursday, March 7 against Alabama State and Saturday, March 9 against Alabama A&M at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
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