Nashville --- The Tennessee State University Lady Tigers opened the season with a 76-49 exhibition win over Bluefield College Tuesday night in the Gentry Center.
Sophomore Jasmin Shuler came off the bench to lead TSU with 20 points while senior Meredith Stafford tallied 18 points and six assists. Sophomore Destiney Gaston and freshman Tayla Foster added 10 points apiece while Alana Morris pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to go with six assists.
Kia Gillard led the Rams with 10 points and Katrina Morris registered a team-best nine boards.
Meredith Stafford got TSU off to a good start, scoring the first eight points of the game and giving the Lady Tigers an 8-0 lead. TSU swelled the advantage to 17-2 after Tanesha Stenson found Kim Haynes on a fast break with just seven minutes ticked off the clock.
At the 8:58 mark TSU moved ahead 22-4 before a break-away lay-up from Jasmin Shuler gave the Lady Tigers their biggest lead of the half, 32-10 (6:09).
Towards the end of the of half Bluefield College came alive as the Rams used a 19-6 run to cut the deficit down to just 38-29 at the break.
Meredith Stafford had 16 points at the half.
The Rams closed to within seven (38-31) in the opening moments of the second half but the Lady Tigers posted the next six points to build the lead back up to double-digits.
The Lady Tigers began to pull away when two 3-pointers and a lay-up from Jasmin Shuler gave TSU a 61-37 lead with 7:56 remaining. TSU cruised the rest of the way.
Tennessee State finished the game shooting 45.6 percent from the field, including 41.2 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-17). The Lady Tigers had 24 assists and committed 18 turnovers.
TSU will officially kick-off the 2010-11 campaign this Friday, Nov 12 with a match-up against SEC member Alabama. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum.