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Courtesy: JC Ridley / Miami Athletics

Grambling earns WNIT berth, will face Ole Miss

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 03/13/2017
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Grambling State heads to the postseason with a berth in the postseason Women's National Inivation Tournament, where the Lady Tigers will take on Ole Miss on Thursday.

The time will be announced at a later date.

Grambling enters the field with an 18-14 record (14-4 SWAC), where the Lady Tigers shared the league's regular season championship with Texas Southern, earning the No. 1 seed in the process. The Lady Tigers lost in the SWAC women's tournament final to TSU in a tight 70-66 contest.

This is the furthest into the season that Grambling in nearly two decades, as the Lady Tigers' last postseason tournament berth came in 1999.

The Lady Tigers boast one of the most versatile backcourts in the league, led by Shakyla Hill (15.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG). The sophomore was the premier stat-sheet stuff in the conferece this year, as she ranked in the top five in points, rebounds, assists, steals and shooting. Alongside Hill are standout perimeter players Jazmin Boyd (11.8 PPG) and Monisha Neal (10.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 36.4 MPG), with John'ea Thompson anchoring the paint.

Ole Miss posted a 17-13 record in 2017, going 6-10 in the SEC. The Rebels were bounced in the second round by Tennessee. Thhis is the ninth appearance in the WNIT for Ole Miss and first since 2014-15, where they reached the third round.

Leading the way for Ole Miss is Madinah Muhammad, who led the Rebels with 13.3 points per game. Shandricka Sessom (12.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG) offers a bonafide second option for the team, which is 2-0 this season against SWAC opposition (89-41 win over Jackson State on Dec. 1, 67-30 win over Mississippi Valley on Dec. 28).

This is the first meeting between the two teams since Nov. 14, 2014, where Ole Miss prevailed 92-67.

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