Lady Tigers pick up first win of season

Grambling used a 12-2 run to end the game to down UNO Saturday.

Courtesy of GSU Athletic Communications

Miracle Saxon scored a game-high 17 points as the Grambling State women’s basketball team defeated New Orleans 69-59 on Friday evening at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Saxon dominated the stat sheet adding seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block for the Lady Tigers. Colbi Maples, Amanda Blake and Jurnee McLaurin also scored in double-figures for GSU. Maples poured in 12 points while Blake and McLaurin each scored 10.

Grambling State (1-3) pushed ahead of the Privateers early, sprinting out to an early 10-4 lead to open the contest. UNO (1-2) pulled within one point of the Lady Tigers, 15-14, with 2:29 to go in the opening period. Grambling finished the quarter with a 19-15 advantage, eventually carrying a 31-30 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, GSU opened up an eight-point lead, 44-36, at the 4:24 mark on a fast break layup by Leah Morrow. UNO closed the period on an 11-5 run, trailing by 49-47 heading into the fourth quarter of play. 

With the game tied 57-57 with 3:39 to play, the Lady Tigers too full control of the contest, closing the game south 12-2 run to notch the 69-59 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Grambling State shot 37.1 percent (23-of-62) from the field and 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from three-point line. The Lady Tigers went 21-of-33 (63.6 percent) from the charity stripe.
  • New Orleans was 18-of-58 from the floor (31.0 percent), shooting 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from three-point range. The Privateers went 20-of-29 (69.0 percent) from the free throw line
  • Both teams collected 44 rebounds each
  • The Lady Tigers outscored UNO in the paint 36-20
  • Grambling State scored 13 points off turnovers. New Orleans scored 16.
  • UNO’s bench added 24 points. GSU’s contributed 16
  • New Orleans’ DeArica Pryor led the Privateers with 14 points 

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