WBB headed to Hoops for the Cure Tournament
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
WBB headed to Hoops for the Cure Tournament
HOOPS FOR THE CURE
The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will make the long trip to Dallas, Texas to participate in the Hoops for the Cure Tournament hosted by Southern Methodist, Nov. 25-26. TSU will open the tournament with a game against Fresno State on Friday at 4 p.m. before taking on either Cal State Fullerton or Southern Methodist on Saturday.

THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
The Tennessee State University (2-3) women's basketball team is coming off a dissappointing 89-68 loss to Southern Illinois Tuesday night in the Gentry Center. The Lady Tigers had won two straight on their home court before falling to SIU. TSU opened the season with two road losses at Cleveland State and Ohio State.

Prior to the loss vs. SIU,  TSU was 2-0 at home and outscored its opponents by an average of 28 points in those games.  

As a team, TSU is averaging 66.6 points per outing while shooting 39.1 percent from the field and 28.7 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently shooting only 53.5 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 17.8 turnovers per game.

LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State dropped an 89-68 decision to Southern Illinois for the team's first home loss of the season. SIU used a 15-4 run to open up the game in the first half and TSU never recovered. Tayla Foster finished the game with her third career double-double behind 18 points and 10 rebounds while Destiney Gaston scored 15. Jasmin Shuler chipped in 10. TSU went 25-of-69 (36.2 percent) from the field, including 5-of-21 (23.8 percent), from three-point range. The Lady Tigers knocked down 68.4 percent (13-of-19) from the free-throw line.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS
Fresno State (2-2) is coming off a 79-76 win over Caly Poly on Sunday. The Bulldogs also have a win over Santa Clara. Ki-Ki Moore leads the team in scoring with 17.0 points per game while Rosie Moult averages 14.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg.

Southern Methodist (3-1) had won three straight to open the season before dropping a 46-50 decision to North Texas on Tuesday. Alisha Filmore leads the team in scoring with 12.0 ppg while Sama Mahnesmith averages 10.3 ppg. Christine Elliott registers 9.5 rebounds per outing .

Cal State Fullerton (3-0) is off to the program's best start in 15 years. The Titans recently defeated Loyola Marymount, 79-52, to remain undefeated on the season. Megan Richardson leads the team with 12.0 ppg while Alex Thomas adds 10.3 ppg. Mya Oliver averages a team best 12.0 rebounds per contest.

SERIES INFO
TSU will meet Fresno State, Cal State Fullerton and Southern Methodist for the first time in the program's history.

TEAM LEADERS
Jasmin Shuler is leading the Lady Tigers in scoring with 16.6 points per game while Tayla Foster (10.8 ppg)  and Destiney Gaston (9.6 ppg) round out the top three scorers for TSU. Foster (5.0) is the team's leading rebounder.

COVERAGE
Live stats will be available for both games while video will only be provided for the SMU contests.  

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
The Lady Tigers will remain on the road with a contest at the University of Memphis on Thursday, Dec. 1. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.