Lady Tigers open the season at Cleveland State
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Lady Tigers open the season at Cleveland State

The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will officially kick-off the 2011-12 season campaign on the road Friday night at Cleveland State. The Lady Tigers will face-off against the Vikings at 7 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.

Last season, TSU finished with an overall record of 9-21 with a 5-13 conference mark. TSU entered the OVC tournament as the 7th seed and faced sixth-seeded Jacksonville State in the opening round, marking the program's 18th overall and fourth straight OVC tournament appearance. TSU eventually dropped a heartbreaking, 57-55, decision to the Gamecocks to end the season. The team, under the direction of head coach Tracee Wells, has nine returning letterwinners, two redshirt freshmen and two newcomers for the 2011-12 campaign.

A live stream of the game will be available on the Horizon League Network while fans can follow live stats on GameTracker.

In the only exhibition game of the season, TSU defeated LeMoyne-Owen, 78-60, in the Gentry Center. Destiny Gaston recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds while Chelsea Hudson came off the bench to score 12. Jasmin Shuler rounded out the top scorers for TSU with 11 points.

As a team, Tennessee State shot 43.1 percent from the field, including 26.7 percent from long range while LeMoyne-Owen finished the game with a 33.3 shooting percentage. TSU held the advantage in rebounds, 58-30, assists, 14-13, and blocks, 6-1, but committed 28 turnovers compared to LMC's 20.

Cleveland State will officially begin the season against Tennessee State on Friday after playing two exhibition games. CSU defeated John Carroll, 87-55, before knocking off Case Western, 85-42. CSU finished 21-12 last season and have two players on the Horizon League preseason all-conference teams.

Shalonda Winton led the Vikings in scoring in both games posting 16 points and 15 rebounds against John Carroll and 23 points versus Case Western.