TSU offense stagnant in loss to SEMO
Sunday, February 5, 2012
TSU offense stagnant in loss to SEMO

Cape Girardeau, Mo. --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team tallied its lowest point total of the season in a, 50-39, road loss to Southeast Missouri Saturday night in the Show Me Center.

Tennessee State (8-16, 4-8 OVC) only had one player to score in double-digits as Jasmin Shuler finished the game with 12 points.

Southeast Missouri (6-18, 3-8 OVC) was led in scoring by Bianca Beck's 12 points. Beck was also the only player to score in double-figures for her team. Brittany Harriel notched a game-high 15 rebounds.

TSU shot a dismal 22.4 percent (13-of-58) from the field and 11.8 percent (2-of-17) from three-point range.

SEMO didn't shoot much better, 29.5 percent from the field and 18.2 percent from long range, but it was enough to pick up the win.

The Lady Tigers had 16 turnovers while the Redhawks coughed up the ball 17 times.

Both teams opened the game with three empty possessions before SEMO jumped out to a 5-0 lead. TSU finally got on the board on a long jumper by Jasmin Shuler but the Redhawks stretched their advantage to, 7-2, before the first media timeout.

Out of the break, the Lady Tigers erased the deficit behind five straight points, including a three-point play, from Shuler. TSU took the lead when Destiney Gaston connected in the paint but SEMO scored four quick points to regain the lead, 11-9.

Alana Morris knocked down a 15-footer to pull TSU even before a free-throw by Donyeah Mayfield and a triple by Kesi Hess gave the Lady Tigers a, 15-11, advantage.

The Redhawks closed the gap and knotted the score at 15-all before taking a, 19-15, lead behind an 8-0 run. Jasmin Shuler drove to the bucket to end a scoring drought for the Lady Tigers but SEMO rallied off nine unanswered points to move ahead, 28-17 with 2:09 on the clock.

TSU used four straight points to pull within, 28-21, just before the halftime break.

The Tennessee State offense continued to struggle in the second half as the Lady Tigers fell behind, 32-21, in the opening couple of minutes of the second frame.

At the 13:11 mark, TSU had been outscored, 11-3, and fell behind, 39-24, to the home team.