Lady Tigers basketball lose two, win final home game of season

The Lady Tigers broke a four game losing streak with a win against Mississippi Valley. GSU Athletics/Courtesy photo

In the final home stretch of a tough season, the Lady Tigers hoped to pick up a few more wins. First up was Jackson State, boasting just one loss in the SWAC and holders of first place. The first quarter saw a close game, Jackson State holding just a four point lead over the Lady Tigers. Once the second quarter began, it all went downhill. The Lady Tigers were held to just three points while Jackson State added 19 points to their team total, going into halftime up 20 points with the score of 38-18. The remainder of the game followed the same script, as Jackson State played with the lead and extended their lead to end the game with a final score of 82-59. Dayzsha Rogan led scoring with 23 points and five rebounds with teammate Ameshya Williams close behind with 21 points and a massive 16 rebounds. For Grambling, Alexus Holt held the team high with 11 points and Justice Coleman with an additional 10 points in the loss. The next game saw another slow start for the Lady Tigers in a tough loss to the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The first quarter saw Grambling only put up nine points compared to 23 by UAPB, putting them in catch up mode early in the game. The Lady Tigers closed the lead in the second quarter slightly, outscoring the Lady Lions 16-10 to make it just an eight point game at halftime with the score at 33-25. As the game continued, UAPB came back with a massive jolt and put up 29 points in the quarter compared to Grambling’s 20, putting the game further out of reach for the Lady Tigers. The final quarter was closer, but not enough to erase the deficit set early on the game. For the Lady Lions, the team had five players with double digits in scoring, Noe’ll Taylor and Aiya El Hassan both with 17 with team highs and Trasity Totten adding 11 points and 15 rebounds in a double-double. For Grambling, Justice Coleman carried the team with a game high 28 points and five rebounds as teammate Mylashia Yancy added 17 points and five rebounds as well. Only five players had points in the game, as the team shot just 35 percent. The final matchup saw the Lady Tigers in the last home game for the team against Mississippi Valley State. In a much easier match, the Lady Tigers were able to piece together a victory against the last place Devilettes in a decisive 72-47 win. The Lady Tigers only trailed in the early stages of the game but never looked back after taking the lead. They ended the first quarter up six and the second quarter up three and took a 33-24 lead into halftime. The trend stayed the same in the third quarter and in the fourth, the Lady Tigers held their opponents to just eight points. When the clocks hit zero, the team had won their final home game with a big 72-47 victory. The Devilettes were led by Ayonna Cotton with 14 points and six rebounds and Azaria Howard with 13 points and four rebounds. Grambling’s leading scorers were Justice Coleman with 17 points and seven rebounds and Mylashia Yancy with 15 points and Alexus Holt close behind with 14 points. The next games for the Lady Tigers are against Alabama A&M and Alabama State to close out the season befor