Turnovers plague Lady Tigers in loss to Middle Tennessee
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Turnovers plague Lady Tigers in loss to Middle Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team dropped a, 94-53, decision to Middle Tennessee Sunday afternoon at the Murphy Center.

Tennessee State (4-7) committed a season-high 27 turnovers in the loss to Middle Tennessee (7-5).

Tayla Foster led the Lady Tigers with 16 points while Jasmin Shuler and Kim Haynes added nine each. Alana Morris chipped in eight points and seven rebounds. 

Middle Tennessee had four players to post double figures led by Kortni Jones' 24. Ebony Rowe (21), Icely Elie (20) and Shanice Cason (14) also registered double-figures.

TSU fell behind 5-0 before a three-pointer by Kesi Hess put the Lady Tigers on the board.

The score was 7-5, in favor of MTSU when TSU began struggling with the Blue Raider defense. The Lady Tiger offense was stagnant while MTSU posted 10 unanswered to go ahead, 15-5.

A lay-up by Tayla Foster snapped a three and half minute scoring drought for the Lady Tigers but the Blue Raiders used seven straight to move ahead 24-7.

TSU trailed by as many as 20 before using a small rally to cut the deficit down to 14 (38-24). MTSU, however, outscored TSU 9-4 in the final two minutes of the half to go into the break with a 47-28 lead.

The second half was an uphill battle.

Avery Jones scored the first field-goal of the second frame but MTSU answered with a rally that swelled the lead to 62-33 with 14:24 left to play.

TSU used a small 7-0 run to chip away at the deficit but MTSU responded with eight consecutive points to go back ahead 70-40.

The deficit proved too much to overcome.

TSU shot 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from the field and 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from three-point range. MTSU hit 56.9 percent (37-of-65) of its shots while knocking down 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from beyond the arc.

The Lady Tigers were outrebounded 39-35 and gave up 36 points off turnovers.

The Lady Tigers return to action at home when they host Florida A&M on Thursday, Dec. 22. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.