Grambling wins 47-43, ends Nuggets' home win streak
November 26, 2010
NEW ORLEANS — Grambling had a 25-3 run spanning
two halves Friday and held on a 47-43 women's basketball victory over NAIA No. 22
Xavier University of Louisiana in the final game of the Xavier Classic.
The Lady Tigers (2-4), who snapped Xavier's 16-game win
streak at The Barn, were the only 2-0 team in the four-team event. No championship
was awarded because both days' pairings were predetermined.
Jasher Blocker scored nine points to lead Grambling,
which trailed 20-11 through 10 minutes before taking command during the next 15½ minutes.
Seven Lady Tigers scored during the run, which Bre'Anna Johnson capped with a basket for
a 36-23 Grambling lead with 17:44 remaining.
Xavier (7-1) never reclaimed the lead, although the Gold
Nuggets closed to 45-43 on Keldra Hall's basket with 2:55 remaining. Xavier missed
a 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining and committed consecutive turnovers in the final
minute before Brittney Allen made two free throws for Grambling — her only points
of the game — with 14 seconds remaining.
Hall led the Gold Nuggets with 13 points and a career-high
Both teams shot 32.7 percent from the floor, and they
were a combined 3-of-22 on 3-pointers. Grambling was 13-of-16 on free throws and made
five more than Xavier. The Gold Nuggets, who shot a school-record 72.8 percent from
the line last season, were 8-of-15 against Grambling and are shooting 60 percent this season.
Xavier committed 24 turnovers, three more than Grambling,
and outrebounded the Lady Tigers 43-30.
It was the second loss in 30 games for Xavier and just
the seventh time in the last 105 games that the Gold Nuggets lost in their campus venue.
Grambling Coach Donnita Rogers extended her Xavier
Classic win streak to seven games. She also coached Langston to 2-0 records in the
2006 and 2007 events, then led Grambling to a victory against Tuskegee in the Lady
Tigers' only game at XU in 2009.
NAIA No. 15 Langston, which lost to Xavier on Thursday,
defeated Dillard 70-64. In girls high school games Friday, Terrebonne had a 34-0
run in a 50-15 victory over Lusher, and Helen Cox improved to 5-0 after its 60-54
victory over Warren Easton.
Xavier's next game will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday against
LSU-Shreveport at The Barn. Grambling will visit Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m. Tuesday.