The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will officially
kick-off the 2012-13 season this Friday night when the Lady Tigers host
Cumberland University. Game time versus the Bulldogs is slated for 7 p.m. in
the Gentry Center.
TSU vs. Cumberland will be streamed live on OVCDigitalNetwork.com.
Live stats will be available at tsutigers.com while fans can also listen live
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
The Lady Tigers are coming off a, 69-58, exhibition win over North
Alabama last Friday night in the Gentry Center. Destiney Gaston (13), Avery
Jones (12) and Jasmin Shuler (10) each posted double-digits in scoring for TSU.
The Lady Tigers, under first year head coach Larry Joe Inman, returned
10 letterwinners from last year's squad and added freshman Brianna Lawrence to
TSU finished last season with an overall record of 9-20 and a 5-11
conference mark. In an Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll that was released
in October, TSU was predicted to finish fifth in the East Division. Jasmin
Shuler, an all-OVC preseason selection, led the team in scoring.
LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State used an exhibition game versus North Alabama last
Friday to prepare for the official start of the season. The Lady Tigers held
off a late run by the Lions and held on to win the contest, 69-58. Destiney
Gaston led the team in scoring with 13 points behind a 5-of-7 shooting
performance while Avery Jones added 12. Jasmin Shuler chipped in 10 points and
Simone Hopes grabbed eight rebounds.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Cumberland is off to a 3-0 start to the season, including the
Bulldogs' most recent victory over Hiwassee College on Monday night. CU
defeated Hiwassee College 85-38 in Dallas Floyd Gymnasium.
In CU's most recent victory over Hiwassee, four players scored in
double-figures led by Jessica Pace's 18 points and 10 rebounds. TaCouya Allen
also tallied 18 points followed by Josette Campbell with 13. Calamity Jane Coley
posted 12 points while Samantha Harper also registered 10 rebounds.
In their first three contests, the Bulldogs have averaged 76.3 points
per game behind a .455 hitting percentage. CU is shooting 26.1 percent from
three-point range and 68.3 from the free-throw line. Jessica Pace (16.7),
TaCouya Allen (14.0) and London Elie (12.0) are averaging double-digits in
scoring for the Bulldogs.
TSU vs. CUMBERLAND
Tennessee State and Cumberland will meet for the 6th time in the
series history with the Lady Tigers holding a slight, 3-2, advantage. TSU claimed last year's
meeting between the two teams with a, 78-48, victory in the Gentry Center.
LAST TIME TSU MET CUMBERLAND (Nov. 11, 2011)
Jasmin Shuler led TSU in scoring with 20 points to go along with three
steals. Kesi Hess knocked down 4-of-9 from three-point range and finished the
game with 12 points.
Jessica Pace was the only Cumberland player to post double-digits with
10 points and nine rebounds.
TSU shot a scorching 50.8 percent (33-of-65) from the field, including
36.4 percent (8-of-22) from three-point range. The Lady Tigers held the
Bulldogs to just 36.7 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from long
The Lady Tigers held the advantage in rebounds, 40-32, assists, 20-8
and steals, 13-8. Additionally, TSU only committed 13 turnovers in the contest
while CU registered 23.
Tennessee State will get its first road test of
the season when the Lady Tigers make the long trip to Mobile, Ala. to face
South Alabama on Monday, Nov. 12. Game time versus the Lady Jags is set for 7
p.m. in the Mitchell Center.
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