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Grambling looks to avenge earlier loss in Round 2 of WNIT

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 03/17/2017
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - On the heels of becoming the first Southwestern Athletic Conference women's basketball team to win a modern-era postseason tournanment contest, the Grambling State Lady Tigers look to keep their season alive in round two of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Next up for Grambling will be the Tulane Green Wave, with tip-off set for Sunday at 4 p.m. from Tulane's Devlin Fieldhouse.

Tulane comes in with a 17-14 overall record, having advanced to the next round via a 62-53 victory over Texas-Arlington, overcoming a 28-22 halftime deficit to win it. Kolby Morgan (19.1 PPG) was a difference maker for the Wave, scoring 20 points in the game. Morgan has been the Green Wave's go-to scorer all year, hitting the 20-point plateau in 18 games this year.

Grambling (19-14) moved to the next round thanks to its 78-75 victory at Ole Miss on Thursday. John'ea Thompson (10 points, six rebounds) made the go-ahead basket with 11.5 seconds left to stave off a furious Rebel comeback. Jazmine Torian led the way with 23 points, and the duo of Shakyla Hill and Monisha Neal each added 17 points.

The contest will be a rematch from the Lady Tigers' season opener. In the team's Nov. 12 tilt, Grambling fell 79-56 during what was one of its worst shooting performances of the 2016-17 campaign as Hill was held to a season-low six points. Tulane's Morgan scored 21, and teammate Meredith Schulte added a career-best 20 points. The Lady Tigers connected on just 32.3 percent of their attempts in that contest -- the fourth-lowest shooting mark they've posted this season.