For years, Grambling women’s basketball was on a downward spiral. From 2008, up until last season, the Lady Tigers just couldn’t win as they went 73-107.
“Women’s basketball is a credible program here at Grambling, ” says Freddie Murray. “It has won in the past.”
Interim head coach – that’s right, interim guy Freddie Murray helped this team go three games over .500 as an assistant. Now, in the leading role, they’re a game better.
“The goal was to eventually get these ladies to play some great basketball, and resurrect what Grambling basketball was all about, ” Murray continued. “Whether I’m an interim coach, full time coach, interim tag – the job never changed.”
“Last year Coach [Nadine] Domond kind of kept saying ‘Rebirth of a Legacy, says Shakyla Hill, the team’s leading scorer. “And, this year, I think we really rebirth it. We showed everybody what Grambling stands for.”
Hard to believe that this is the same team that started off 1-9. But, they finished the regular season with 18 wins, 14 of them in conference play. And, now they’re headed to the postseason.
Hill continued, “After the loss, we were still kind of down. So, it was heartbreaking. But, once we found out we were still playing, we were all excited and ready to get started.”
Despite not going to the big dance, not facing some of the powers of women’s college basketball has it’s advantages – for now.
“To play against a U-Conn, or a Baylor, Notre Dame, you’re bascially playing them on their home court, ” continued Murray. “So, it’s really not a fair advantage. I like the [Women’s NIT] a little bit better. Even though my goal and our team’s goal going into next year will be to be in the NCAA Tournament.”
The Lady Tigers will travel to Oxford, MS to face Ole Miss on Thursday at 6:00.