Women’s basketball team on two-game winning streak

The Lady Tigers (7-13 overall, 4-5 in SWAC) are on a two-game winning streak at home with wins against the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (4-15 overall, 2-6 SWAC), 75 – 56, and against Mississippi Valley State (3-17 overall, 1-8 SWAC), 62 – 31.

Saturday, Jan. 31, against  UAPB, the leadingscorer of the game was Grambling’s own Shakierya McClendon, who scored 27 points, five steals and six rebounds. Monisha Neal scored 12 points, four assist and had two steals.

The Lady Tigers shot 49.2 percent, a pefect 4-for-4 from the 3-point line and  43.8 percent from the free throw line. The Lady Golden Lions shot 45.7 percent from the field, 52.6 percent from the free throw line and added 25 points from the bench.

For UAPB, Charisse Carr scored 13 points, and Carlisha Walker scored 11 points and seven rebounds. The pressure the Lady Tigers put on the ball forced 24 Lady Golden Lion turnovers, which allowed GSU to score 28 points that helped them secure the win.

Monday, the Lady Tigers had a monster game doubling up the score against MVSU. Yosha Watson played a great game with 13 points, four rebounds and two assists while McClendon scored 10 with three rebounds and added five steals.

In the first half, both teams struggled to score the basketball; the Lady Tigers shot 39.4 percent from the field, but held the Lady Devilettes to only 17.9 percent shooting. The Lady Tigers did, however, start the game on a 25 to 4 run. At one point in the game their lead reached 34.

The Lady Tigers shot 42.4 percent, 18.8 percent from behind the arc and 60 percent from the free throw line. They were able to score 30 points in the paint and their bench added 28 points. The Lady Tigers’ swarming defense forced 22 turnovers, which resulted in 22 points.

Ashley Beal was the  leading scorer for the Lady Devilettes with 16 points, three rebounds. Christina Reed had eight points with two blocks and a steal.
The Lady Devilettes shot 22.6 percent and went 0 for 16 from behind the arc.

The next game the Lady Tigers will play comes against SWAC rival Southern University, Saturday at 3 p.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.

Men’s basketball

The men suffered two losses: one on Saturday against University of Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 65-53 and Mississippi Valley State on Monday, 68-65, extending their losing streak to 12. Remond Brown had 16 points and eight rebounds against MVSU. The Tigers will take on SWAC rival Southern University on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.