Grambling women set NCAA record with 141-point victory

Published 5:06 pm Wednesday, January 3, 2024

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Grambling State set an NCAA Division I record for margin of victory in men’s or women’s basketball with a 159-18 blowout of College of Biblical Studies on Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers’ 141-point cushion topped Savannah State women’s 155-26 rout of Wesleyan (Georgia) in November 2018.

Grambling led 34-0 before CBS scored its first basket with 2:14 remaining in the first quarter. The Tigers — who play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference comprised of historically Black colleges and universities — led 46-6 after 10 minutes and 82-10 at halftime and allowed just three points in the third quarter on the way to their record-setting performance.

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First-year Grambling coach Courtney Simmons was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday. But in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, she said, “Although the goal set out was not to win by this margin it was to play the best Grambling bball we could.”

Simmons cited her 10 previous years as a Troy assistant and recruiting coordinator under Chanda Rigby, whose high-scoring squad ranked third nationally last season at 83.3 points per game and ranks 58th this season at 76.2. The Tigers’ 72.9-point average is tied for 91st among 348 DI teams.

Grambling (6-5) enters Saturday’s SWAC opener against Prairie View A&M with impressive non-conference wins over Arizona State (70-67), Northwestern State (64-59) and Nicholls State (69-50).

Arianna Mosley had 27 points and Kahia Warmsley 20 as eight Grambling players scored in double figures and helped the team make 70 of 119 shots (59 percent). Alyssa Lowe scored eight points for CBS — a Houston-based Division II school that plays in the National Christian College Athletic Association — which hit just 8 of 43 shots (19 percent).

The Ambassadors (0-7) began their inaugural season of competition in October and the women’s basketball website shows a roster of eight freshmen. The fledgling program has allowed at least 100 points three times and scored 22 points or fewer three times.

A message left with CBS first-year coach Patricia Luckey was not immediately returned.