WICHITA, Kan. | Three Grambling State University women’s basketball players reached double figures in scoring, but it wasn’t enough as Wichita State used a 14-2 run over a five-minute stretch between the third and fourth quarters to pull away from the Lady Tigers, 70-61, on Tuesday afternoon at the Charles Koch Arena.
Grambling State (1-6) trailed, 19-16, at the end of one quarter, but outscored Wichita State in the second, 15-12, as the two teams were tied at the half, 31-31. The Shockers outscored the Lady Tigers, 22-15, in the third to take a 53-47 advantage into the final quarter.
Shakyla Hill finished just shy of a triple-double as she recorded 20 points, nine assists, eight rebounds (all defensive) and four steals to pace Grambling State. Jazmin Boyd registered 16 points, including five 3-pointers, along with two assists, two boards and one steal, while Jasmine Forte tallied a career-high 11 points, on 5-of-7 shooting, with eight boards and two blocked shots.
Shyla Smith led Wichita State (6-4) with 15 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal. Carla Bremaud and Jaida Hampton each had 14 points, while Raven Price chipped in with 10 points.
Grambling State jumped out to an 11-8 lead after a 3-pointer by Jazmin Boyd with 6:40 left in the opening period, but Wichita State used a 12-5 run over the next five minutes to grab a 19-16 advantage after a layup by Cesaria Ambrosio with 30 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The Shockers led 23-18 after a bucket by Sabrina Cabbage-Lozada with just over eight minutes left in the first half. The Lady Tigers cut the deficit to 27-25 after a Boyd 3-pointer with 4:02 remaining.
Wichita State went cold from the floor over the final 2:11 of the first half as Grambling State rallied down the stretch to tie the game at 31 at the break.
The Lady Tigers grabbed a 35-34 advantage after a Shakyla Hill jumper with 8:01 left in the third, but the Shockers answered and took a 47-41 lead after a putback jumper by Jaida Hampton with 4:20 remaining.
Grambling State cut the margin to 47-44 after a Hill three-point play with 3:54 left in the third. Wichita State used a 14-2 run during a five-minute stretch to grab a 61-46 advantage with 8:26 remaining.
The Lady Tigers never got any closer than eight points during the final seven minutes.