Arkansas up next for women?s basketball
Monday, November 22, 2010

The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 23 on the road at the University of Arkansas. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena. Tuesday's game vs. Arkansas will mark the second time this season that TSU has faced an SEC opponent, as the Lady Tigers opened the season at Alabama.

TSU went 2-1 last week, picking up wins against Southern Illinois and Jackson State. The Lady Tigers' most recent win, a 53-49 victory over Jackson State, saw TSU bounce back from a disappointing, 66-62, loss to NAIA Cumberland. Tayla Foster led the team with 14 points while Meredith Stafford added 13 against JSU.

Tennessee State led by as many as 12 points in the game but Jackson State battled from behind. The game wasn't decided until the final minutes.

TSU shot 35.6 percent from the field, including a dismal 17.6 shooting percentage  from three-point range (3-of-17), but only committed 14 turnovers. CLICK HERE for full story

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, TSU will face cross town Lipscomb on Saturday, Nov.27 in Allen Arena. TSU will play a couple of early conference games Dec.2 & 4, against Eastern Illinois and Southeast Missouri.

After a couple of games, freshman Tayla Foster is leading the Lady Tigers in scoring with 12.5 ppg to go with 5.3 rpg. Senior Meredith Stafford is averaging 11.3 ppg for the Lady Tigers while Alana Morris is pulling down a team best 7.3 boards per outing.

Live stats will be available on the Arkansas athletics website at

A three-pointer gave Jackson State the first points of the contest but Tennessee State would take control of the game. The Lady Tigers scored nine unanswered points to capture a 9-3 lead before a triple from Kesi Hess gave TSU a 17-6 advantage.

JSU used seven straight points to close to within four but three consecutive buckets from Meredith Stafford put TSU back on top, 23-13, with 7:50 left in the half. Tennessee State led 29-22 at the halftime break.

Jackson State opened up the second half by outscoring Tennessee State, 11-2, and tied the score at 33-all with 14:26 left in the game.

After trading the lead over the next ten minutes, TSU created a little distance, 49-42, when Alana Morris found Tayla Foster in the paint with a little over one minute left in the game.

Two free-throws from Ashley Tate made TSU's lead 51-44 with 42.3 seconds on the clock but a Lady Tiger turnover and a JSU three-pointer, made the score, 51-47, in favor of the home team.

After TSU rebounded JSU's shot attempt on the ensuing possession, Meredith Stafford knocked down two free-throws to ice the game.  The Lady Tigers held on to win, 53-49.

The Razorbacks are an undefeated 4-0 and are most recently coming off a ,  77-50, win over Middle Tennessee State on Sunday.

Arkansas shot 50.8 percent from the field and had four players post double figures in scoring, led by C'eira Ricketts' 20 points. Ashley Daniels (14), Keira Peak (14), and Lyndsay Harris (12) also posted double-digits.

Ricketts (15.5 ppg) and Harris (15.3 ppg) are the team's two leading scorers while Daniels and Peak pull down 6.5 rebounds per game.

TSU and Arkansas will meet for only the second time in the series history. The Razorbacks claimed the first meeting between the two teams with a 114-42 victory on Nov.26, 1988. 

Live stats will be available on the Arkansas athletics website.