HOUSTON – A 19-year title drought is over as the No. 3 seed Grambling State Lady Tigers defeated top-seeded Southern Jaguars 72-68 to win the 2018 Southwestern Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon in Delmar Fieldhouse.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Shakyla Hill led Grambling with 27 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Jazmin Boyd and Monisha Neal each added 11 points.
Southern was led by Briana Green, who scored 22 points to go with nine assists and five rebounds. Samantha Duncan added 12 points, and Courtney Parsons scored 10.
Grambling State now awaits its first-round opponent, having earned the SWAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Southern, the regular-season SWAC champion is set for an invite into the Women’s Postseason National Invitational Tournament.
Shakyla Hill, Grambling State (SWAC Women’s Tournament Most Valuable Player)
Monisha Neal, Grambling State
Taylor Robinson, Texas Southern
Briana Green, Southern
Samantha Duncan, Southern