Grambling State Uses Late Run To Pull Away From Women’s Basketball
GRAMBLING, la. – The texas southern women's basketball team watched their grambling state counterparts go an 11-4 run over the final 4:38 of the game to take a 63-57 win on Saturday afternoon.
The ebbs and flows of college basketball can be hard to ride out and, unfortunately for TSU, Grambling State was the beneficiary of staying afloat for a longer period despite the Herculean effort from Andriana Avent in the second half.
Avent, who tallied eight points in the first half, was being held in check for the better part of the second half until she converted a pair of free throws with 6:40 to go in the game to make it 48-46 gsu.
Mykaylyn Davis' jumper with 6:05 left in the game once again brought TSU to within two points at 50-48.
Avent would be the only TSU player to score the rest of the way as GSU (7-16, 6-6 SWAC) scored 13 to Avent's nine including an 11-1 run just after Avent had given TSU (1-22, 1-11 SWAC) a 53-52 lead with 5:10 left in the game.
In a game that saw multiple runs, it was GSU that rode out that final wave. Grambling State would go in the first run of the game turning a 5-3 deficit into a 14-7 lead with 1:41 to play in the first quarter.
Another 11-2 run for GSU would put the hosts up 29-18 later in the second quarter before the TSU offense would finally come to life.
Jaida Belton earned a pair of baskets with under 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter then coupled with a great defensive effort to begin the second half, TSU would find itself up 40-33 thanks to a 22-4 run over a span of 8:25 of clock time.
Avent would finish the night going for 19 points on 5-for-12 shooting including 3-for-4 from long range and 6-for-8 from the charity stripe. Belton, along with Micah Gray, added eight points each for TSU.
Leah Morrow led a trio of GSU hoopers in double figures with 19 points.
The TSU coaching staff must be proud of the rebounding effort from their players limiting GSU to just 15 while collecting 27 of their own.
TSU will remain in Louisiana to complete the weekend road trip when they face off against southern university in baton rouge on Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. live on HBCUGO.