Boyd and Lady Tigers look to repeat as SWAC champions

Jazmin Boyd sets up a play earlier this season, at  Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Courtesy photo/GSU Athletics

The Grambling State University women’s basketball team is honoring yet another break out player, senior guard Jazmin Boyd.


Boyd, who has surpassed the 1,000 point mark, in her college career, has played a pivotal role in the Lady Tigers success throughout the 2018-19 season.


The Hattiesburg, Miss. native has made a name for herself, since arriving on the GSU campus. 


She has averaged double figures in points per game in each season of her collegiate career. 


Boyd previously helped the Lady Tigers capture a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Championship in the 2017-2018 season.


 “It feels good to reach such a milestone,” Boyd said.


 “I’m going to keep my foot on the gas, in hopes of helping my team conquer the SWAC crown again this season.” 


The senior guard stands out, while playing alongside sensational point-guard Shakyla Hill.


Hill also made history recording the first women’s Division one quadruple-double last season since 1989.


Hill is atop of the league standings in points, steals and assists per game, averaging double figures in scoring with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists per game.


Boyd enjoys being the counterpart of the dynamic duo that has opposing teams and coaches left baffled. 


“Hill is like no other point guard or teammate that I have played with before” Boyd said. 


“Out of any team I have been a part of my whole life, no matter the state, Hill has been the best point guard, that I have ever played alongside.” 


Boyd and Hill are more than just teammates.


“We’ve really become like sisters over the years,” Boyd said.


 “She’s different, and keeps me going, and on track.” 


The duo has developed a lifelong connection while becoming a pulling force for the Lady Tigers success.


Aside from basketball, Boyd is a sports management major with aspirations of one day becoming a coach in hopes of passing her knowledge of the game on to future hoop stars.


“After college, I plan to further my career overseas on the professional level,” Boyd said. 


However Boyd made it very clear that there is a life beyond the hardwood. 


“I want to go to graduate school and obtain my master’s degree following my basketball career,” Boyd said.


Aside from being a full force assassin on the court, Boyd confessed that there are things about me that some may find unique or unorthodox.


“One thing that people wouldn’t expect from me is, I love country music and I even listen to it before games,” Boyd said. 


The Grambling State Lady Tigers are still looking towards new heights, defeating their two main opponents in conference play, Texas Southern (75-67) and Prairie View A&M (64-63), where Boyd scored in double figures for both matchups.


The duo and Lady Tigers show no signs of letting up, as GSU is tied with Southern University for the top spot in the SWAC standings.


Boyd was named Preseason All SWAC Second Team, at the start of the 2018-19 season, and has also been named Women’s Basketball  Player of the Week twice this season already.


She’s shooting over 60 percent from the floor, while ranking 10th in SWAC scoring, recording 12 points per game.