HOUSTON – The Grambling State Lady Tigers basketball team gutted out a hard fought 44-38 win over Texas Southern tonight in the TSU Health and P.E. building.

The Lady Tigers found themselves behind early as Texas Southern’s Nicole Walton drained a three-point basket on their opening possession.  TSU would hold a 6-4 lead at the 16:34 mark before a lull in scoring ended with GSU pulling ahead 7- 6 with 11:26 to play and carrying the lead throughout the half to a 24-19 advantage at the break.

The Lady Tigers used a stiff defense with four steals and four blocked shots that produced 11 TSU turnovers and held the home team to 6-of-32 (18.8-percent) shooting from the floor , while shooting 8-of-24 (33.3-percent) themselves.

In the second half the Lady Tigers maintained control throughout except for a brief moment when TSU took a 28-26 lead early in the period.  Grambling played a well rounded team concept which frustrated Texas Southern throughout the night as they picked up their third win in the conference.

Grambling (7-10, 3-3 SWAC) was lead by Rachele Dobbins eight point, six rebounds and five assists.  Keniqua Wyche had seven points and three rebounds, while Alexis Watson added six points and three steals.

Walton had a game high 11 points while NaDosha Strickland added nine points and three rebounds for TSU.

The Lady Tigers return to action Saturday January 22nd when they host the Lady Tigers of Jackson State.



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