The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will play its second game in three days on Thursday when the Lady Tigers host Cumberland in the season home opener. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.
LADY TIGER REVIEW
The Lady Tigers improved to 1-1 on the season on Tuesday when they defeated Southern Illinois, 57-43, on the road.
The Tennessee State (1-1) defense held Southern Illinois (0-2) to just 23.2 percent shooting from the field and blanked the Salukis (0-of-15) from three-point range.
Meredith Stafford led the Lady Tigers with 13 points while Kesi Hess chipped in 12. Alana Morris led the team in rebounds and nearly recorded a double-double with 10 boards and nine points. Tayla Foster grabbed eight rebounds while Simone Hopes tallied seven.
The Lady Tigers will face Jackson State on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. in the Gentry Center before return to the road on Nov. 23 when they face Arkansas. Following the Thanksgiving holiday, TSU will face cross town Lipscomb on Saturday, Nov.27 in Allen Arena.
LADY TIGER LEADERS
After a couple of games, Meredith Stafford is leading the Lady Tigers in scoring with 11.5 points per game while Tayla Foster is averaging 10.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg. Alana Morris is currently pulling down a team best 7.5 boards per game.
TSU vs. Cumberland can be seen on OVCsports.tv.
LAST TIME OUT
The Lady Tigers got off to a slow start and fell behind 8-2 before a three-pointer from Jasmine Shuler sparked a 10-0 run that led to TSU grabbing a 12-8 lead. The Lady Tiger offense continued to click and another rally behind the shooting of Kesi Hess and Meredith Stafford increased the advantage to 23-12 with 6:19 on the clock.
Two free-throws by Tanesha Stenson followed by another 3-pointer from Hess made the score, 33-14, in favor of the Lady Tigers with 3:02 remaining.
After shooting 16.7% in the opening four minutes of the game, TSU finished the half shooting 39.3 percent, including 50 percent from three-point range. The Lady Tigers led 33-17 at the break.
In the second half, a couple of free-throws from Alana Morris made TSU's lead 45-25 at the 15:19 mark. The Salukis cut the deficit down to 15 (45-30) before an old fashioned three-point play by Tayla Foster stretched the Lady Tiger lead back up to 52-33 (8:37).
Down the stretch, SIU chopped the deficit down to 12 points when TSU suffered through nearly a three-minute scoring drought but the Lady Tigers maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
TSU finished the game with a 35.2 field goal percentage and knocked down eight triples in the contest.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: CUMBERLAND
Cumberland has opened the season 4-2. The Bulldogs have three players averaging double-digits in scoring led by Yalonda Davis' 16.2 ppg. Jessica Pace averages a double-double with 13.5 ppg and 11.3 rpg while Casie Cowan turns in 11.0 points a game.
The Bulldogs are shooting 40 percent from the field, including 33 percent from three-point range.
TSU and Cumberland will meet for the fourth time, with the Lady Tigers leading, 2-1. TSU has captured the last two contests, including a 60-42 win over Cumberland last November in the Gentry Center (11/25).
LAST TIME AGAINST CUMBERLAND (Nov.25, 2009)
The Tennessee State University women's basketball team picked up its first win of the season by defeating Cumberland, 60-42, in the Gentry Center.
TSU shot 35 percent from the field (23-of-64) and 25 percent from three-point range (3-of-12). TSU struggled from the free-throw line, only connecting on 11-of-21 for 52 percent.
Cumberland (3-3) shot a dismal 25 percent from the floor (13-of-52) and 18 percent from beyond the arc (2-of-11).
The game got off to a slow start as the score was only 2-1, in favor of the visitors, at the first media timeout. TSU used a small run to go ahead 11-4 and later increased the lead to 19-10 with 4:01 left in the half.
Cumberland cut the deficit down to three after outscoring Tennessee State 8-3 to close out the half. TSU held a slight 22-19 lead at the break.
Five unanswered points to start the second frame moved TSU ahead 27-19. Holding a 31-25 lead, TSU outscored CU 10-3 to extend the advantage to 41-28. TSU grabbed its biggest lead of the game (46-30) when Meredith Stafford nailed a triple from the corner and Simone Hopes followed with a bucket in the paint.
TSU maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.