Slow first half hurts Lady Tigers in loss to Ohio State
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Slow first half hurts Lady Tigers in loss to Ohio State

Columbus, Ohio --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team matched Ohio State point-for-point in the second half but it wasn't enough to over come a 27-point first half deficit in a, 78-51, loss to the Buckeyes Sunday afternoon in Value City Arena.

Tennessee State fell to 0-2 on the season while Big Ten member Ohio State improved to 1-0.

For the second straight game, Jasmin Shuler led TSU in scoring with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from long range. Chelsea Hudson led the Lady Tigers with six rebounds while Kesi Hess dished out five assists.

Five Ohio State players scored in double-digits led by Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis who each tallied 17 points. Kalpana Beach, Ashley Adams and Raven Ferguson registered 10 points apiece.

TSU went 20-of-63 from the field, including 7-of-22 from three-point range while OSU connected 26-of-54 from field and only 3-of-11 from long distance.

After winning the tip, TSU got on the board first when Jasmin Shuler nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key. Ohio State, however, answered with 11 straight points to go up, 11-3.

Kesi Hess found Destiney Gaston under the basket to end the Lady Tiger's four- minute scoring drought but the Buckeyes responded with another run that increased the lead to 23-5 with 11:26 remaining in the half.

Tennessee State committed 13 first half turnovers and went into the break trailing Ohio State, 48-21.

Jasmin Shuler christened the second half with a triple from the corner to make the score, 48-24, in favor of the Buckeyes. Later in the game, TSU cut the deficit down to 20 points (67-47) when Donyeah Mayfield connected with Chelsea Hudson at the 5:14 mark.

The score was, 75-51, when three OSU free-throws made the final score, 78-51.

TSU's struggles from the free-throw line continued as the Lady Tigers shot 44.4 percent from the charity stripe. OSU knocked down 79.3 percent of its freebies. The Buckeyes also held the advantage in rebounds, 46-33, assists, 19-13, and steals, 10-6.

The Lady Tigers return to Nashville for the first home game of season on Thursday, Nov. 17 when they host Lipscomb University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.