Lady Tigers Defeat Bluefield College in Exhibition
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Nashville --- Three Lady Tigers scored in double figures to lead the Tennessee State University women's basketball team past Bluefield College, 75-50, Monday night in the Gentry Center.

Despite committing 28 turnovers in the contest, Tennessee State outscored Bluefield College 45-28 in the second half. The Lady Tigers also dominated the battle of the boards 56-32.

TSU shot nearly 41 percent from the field (25-of-62) and 25 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-16). The Lady Tigers were 21-of-32 from the charity stripe (65.6%).

Freshman Simone Hopes recorded a double-double for TSU with 18 points and 10 rebounds. She was 8-of-11 from the field. Senior Oby Okafor tallied 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds while junior Jasmine Smith led TSU with nine boards.

Freshman Avery Jones finished with 12 points and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Senior LaDona Pierce dished out a game-best six assists.

After Bluefield College scored the first points of the game, a three-pointer by Kesi Hess sparked a 14-0 run that gave TSU the advantage. Bluefield cut the deficit down to five points at the 5:41 mark but Tennessee State opened the lead back up to 25-13 with a little over three minutes left in the half.

BC made a run towards the end of the half to go into the break trailing 30-22.

TSU turned up its defensive intensity in the second half and built the advantage up to 50-33 before the second media timeout. With under five minutes left to play in the game, the Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Rams 15-5 to make the final score 75-50.

Tennessee State will officially kick-off the season this Saturday, Nov.14 at Jackson State. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Lee Williams Assembly Center.