Lady Tigers suffer big setback, lose at PV, TSU

The Lady Tigers scored a combined 120 points over both games. GSU Athletics/Courtesy photo

Playing Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern University, the group could not piece the victory together against either opponent.

The Lady Tigers, fresh off of a victory against Alcorn State, struggled to recover as they were put down early.

By halftime, the Panthers had outscored them 33-20. Shooting a combined 36 percent from the field kept the team behind Prairie View, who shot perfectly from the field in impressive first quarter and went into the half shooting just under 60 percent.

When play resumed, the Lady Tigers chipped into the lead by scoring a game high 21 points in the third quarter and even outscored Prairie View 17-14 in the fourth, yet still could not close the game set in the first half.

When time expired the Panthers ended the game with a 65-58 victory, despite the 18 points added from Justice Coleman and five assists.

The Lady Tigers also were out-maneuvered in the paint, as the Panthers grabbed 33 rebounds, nearly double the 17 that Grambling pulled down to help them control the possession and scoring of the game.

Next for the team matched the Lady Tigers against the third place Texas Southern team.

With a close first quarter and the Lady Tigers holding a narrow one point lead over TSU, the second quarter saw a drastic increase in defense from the home team as they held Grambling to just five points on 1-11 shooting and three free throws.

When the game hit halftime, the lead had disappeared and found the Lady Tigers in a 12 point hole.

The remainder of the game, they were outscored each quarter and ended the game down by 23 points as the Texas Southern team pulled off an 85-62 victory.

Similar to the previous game, Justice Coleman held team highs with 22 points and eight rebounds, but could not compete against the Texas Southern team, who had three players with 22 points and a combined 16 rebounds.

The next matchup for the Lady Tigers is back at home against Jackson State, the top team in the SWAC coming off of their first SWAC loss of the season.