Lady Tigers' season ends in Big Dance
Baylor 96, Grambling State 46
WACO, Texas - The Grambling State University women’s basketball team saw its magical season come to an end on Friday night as the Lady Tigers went the first six-plus minutes without a field goal in the opening quarter as No. 2 Baylor picked up a 96-46 victory to advance to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship at the Ferrell Center.
Baylor, the No. 2 seed in the Lexington (Ky.) Region advances to the Round of 32 and will meet Michigan on Sunday. Michigan, the No. 7 seed, defeated Northern Colorado, the No. 10 seed, 75-61.
Baylor raced out to a 10-1 advantage within the first four minutes, which forced Murray to call a timeout. The Lady Bears (32-1) continued to roll in the opening quarter and took advantage of just two Lady Tiger field goals and 13.3 percent shooting (2-of-15) to grab a 27-6 advantage.
The Lady Tigers (19-14) settled down in the second quarter as the Lady Bears took a 45-19 advantage into the break. However, Baylor outscored Grambling State, 31-16, in the third to take a commanding 76-35 lead into the final period.
Jazmin Boyd, who sits just five points shy of 1,000 for her collegiate career, paced Grambling State with a team-high 20 points, long with three board, two steals and one assist. Shakyla Hill finished with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals.
Lauren Cox led Baylor with a double-double of 30 points and 17 rebounds, along with five assists. Kalani Brown added a double-double of 22 points and 15 boards, while Dekeiya Cohen registered 17 points and nine rebounds. Alexis Morris chipped in with 12 points, five boards and five assists.
The opening quarter proved to be the difference in Friday’s opening round. Baylor raced out to an early 6-0 lead after a jumper by Kalani Brown with 7:43 left, but Grambling State was able to go to the foul line as Shakyla Hill sank one-of-two at the charity stripe to cut the deficit to 6-1 with 6:59 left. The Lady Bears used an 11-0 run, capped by an Alexis Morris layup with 3:44 left to take a 17-1 advantage.
Grambling State got buckets by Ariel Williams and Monisha Neal as Baylor built a commanding 27-6 lead through one quarter.
Baylor extended the advantage to 38-11 after a Dekeiya Cohen layup with 5:37 remaining in the first half and the margin grew to 40-11 after a bucket by Didi Richards with 4:21 remaining. Grambling State outscored Baylor down the stretch, 9-5, as the Lady Tigers trailed 45-19 at the half.
The Lady Bears put the game out of reach in the third quarter by out-scoring the Lady Tigers, 31-16, to take a 76-35 lead into the final quarter.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information