FORT WORTH, Texas | The Grambling State University women's basketball team wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule on Sunday afternoon, falling 56-45 to Texas Christian University at Schollmaier Arena.
Colbi Maples paced GSU (1-10) with 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field to go along with six rebounds and one steal. Miracle Saxon also posted a double-figure scoring effort, finishing with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
TCU (5-5) opened the game strong, crafting a 17-6 lead. Phylicia Allen scored a layup with 1:15 left in the quarter to trimming the Horned Frogs' lead to single-digits heading into the second.
After TCU ballooned its lead to 24-12 with 4:14 left in the half, Maples stroked a 3-pointer to once again keep the deficit under 10. With 2:55 to go, Miracle Saxon knocked down a mid-range jumper, making the score 26-19. The Horned Frogs carried a 33-21 lead into the break.
Grambling State settled down in the second half, outscoring TCU 24-23. TCU built a 19-point lead to start the fourth quarter, its largest of the game, on a 3-pointer by Tara Manumaleuga.
The Lady Tigers then embarked on a 12-2 run capped by a fast break layup by Leah Morrow, cutting TCU's advantage to 54-45 with 1:24 to go. The Horned Frog tacked on two free throws in the waning moments of the game to secure the 56-45 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Grambling State shot 32.7 percent from the field (16-of-49), connecting on 33.3 percent (3-of-9) of its three-point attempts. The Lady Tigers went 10-of-13 ( 76.9 percent) at the free throw line.
Texas Christian went 17-of-43 from the field (39.5 percent). The Horned Frogs went 8-of-20 (40.0 percent) from three-point range and 14-of-22 (63.6 percent) on free throws.
GSU outrebounded TCU 35-29
Grambling State outscored TCU 20-16 in the paint
TCU scored 20 points off turnovers. Grambling State scored 17
The Horned Frogs' bench outscored GSU's 15-4
UP NEXT Grambling State kicks off Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play on Jan. 2 with a trip back to the Lone Star State to take on Prairie View A&M. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.
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