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Grambling State upends Southern to earn first trip to NCAA Women's Tourney in nearly 20 years

Contributed by: Grambling State Athletic Communications

HOUSTON, Texas | It had been almost 20 years since the last time the Grambling State University women's basketball celebrated a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Women's Basketball Tournament championship, but that drought came to an end on Saturday afternoon as the Lady Tigers punched a ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a 72-68 victory over Southern at the Delmar Fieldhouse.

Grambling State, the No. 3 seed in the SWAC Tourney, was the bridesmaid last season in the tournament championship in a loss to Texas Southern, but the Lady Tigers overcame a pair of hurdles in the tournament, first beating Texas Southern in the semifinals, and then capturing the tourney crown over one of their biggest rivals.

Grambling State (19-13) received the SWAC's automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Division I Basketball Championship. The Lady Tigers will find out who their opponent is during Monday night's selection show, which is scheduled to air at 6 p.m. (Central) on ESPN. A Celebration of Champions ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Shakyla Hill, who was named the 2018 SWAC Most Valuable Player in Saturday's game, led the Grambling State offense with a double-double of 27 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Monisha Neal added 11 points, seven rebounds, one assists and one steal, while Jazmine Boyd tallied 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Briana Green paced Southern with 22 points, five rebounds, nine assists and one steal. Samantha Duncan contributed 12 points, nine points, one assists and two steals, while Courtney Parson chipped in 10 points, two rebounds one assists, two blocks and two steals.

Grambling State received the SWAC's automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Division I Basketball Championship. The Lady Tigers will find out who their opponent is during Monday night's selection show, which is scheduled to air at 6 p.m. (Central) on ESPN.

First and second round games (March 16-19) for the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship will be held on 16 non-predetermined campus sites. At each campus site, four teams will compete in single-elimination first-round competition. The two winning teams will then compete against each other in single-elimination second-round competition at the same campus site. The winning team from each of the 16 second-round games will advance to the regional rounds of play.


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