Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team defeated LeMoyne-Owen College, 78-60, in the season opening exhibition contest Tuesday night in the Gentry Center.
Destiney Gaston paced the Lady Tigers with 15 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double while Jasmin Shuler added 11 points. Chelsea Hudson came off the bench to score 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting and Alana Morris just missed double-figures with nine rebounds.
In the first half, a jumper by Simone Hopes put TSU on top, 13-4, with 13:20 on the clock. The Lady Tigers stretched their advantage to, 18-6, following an old-fashioned 3-point play by Hopes nearly three minutes later. TSU led by as many as 15-points before LMC used a small run to cut the deficit down to eight at the break.
The score was, 38-30, at halftime.
The visitors pulled to within seven twice in the second half before a three-pointer by Jasmin Shuler sparked a rally that made the score, 56-40, in favor of the Lady Tigers. Another triple by Shuler at the 8:52 mark put TSU on top by 17 as the Lady Tigers maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the game.
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.
TSU went 18-of-24 (75 percent) from the free-throw line while LMC only connected on 61.1 percent (11-of-18) of its attempts.
The Lady Tigers will officially kick-off the season on Friday, Nov. 11 when they face Cleveland State on the road. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at the Wolstein Center.