Women's basketball hits the road to face South Alabama
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Women's basketball hits the road to face South Alabama


The Tennessee State University women's basketball team hits the road for the first away game of the season when the Lady Tigers make the long trip to Mobile, Ala. to face South Alabama on Monday, Nov 12. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. in the Mitchell Center.

TSU vs. South Alabama will be streamed live on www.usajaguars.com.  

The Lady Tigers are coming off a season-opening, 52-49, win over Cumberland this past Friday. After opening the season with a victory, TSU is 1-0.

The Lady Tigers, under first year head coach Larry Joe Inman, returned 10 letterwinners from last year's squad and added freshman Brianna Lawrence to the roster.

TSU finished last season with an overall record of 9-20 and a 5-11 conference mark. In an Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll that was released in October, TSU was predicted to finish fifth in the East Division. Jasmin Shuler, an all-OVC preseason selection, led the team in scoring.

Tennessee State survived a feisty Cumberland University team in the season opener and claimed a, 52-49, win in the Gentry Center. Simone Hopes led TSU with 14 points to go with eight rebounds while Chelsea Hudson also chipped in eight boards. Jasmin Shuler, Tanesha Stenson and Kesi Hess each tallied three steals for TSU to help the team total 16 against the Bulldogs.

South Alabama officially kicked off its season last Friday on the road at Houston Baptist. The Jaguars posted 52 first-half points and cruised to an, 83-53, victory in the season opener. USA moved to 1-0 to open the 2012-13 campaign.     

In South Alabama's victory over Houston Baptist, two players registered double-digits in scoring led by Mary Nixon's 22 points and Mansa El's 15. Nixon also had a team best seven rebounds along with Brianna Wright.

The Jaguars shot a scorching 52.4 percent (33-of-63) from the field but only connected on 64.3 percent of their shots from the free-throw line. USA dished out 18 assists, recorded 11 steals and knocked down eight triples in the win. All, except one player, who saw action in the game scored at least two points in the contest. 

Tennessee State and South Alabama will meet for only the 3rd time in the program's history. The series is tied at 1-1. TSU claimed the last meeting between the two teams with a, 74-69, victory in the Gentry Center. USA's win over TSU was in 1989.

LAST TIME THEY MET (Dec. 3, 2011)
Four Lady Tigers scored in double-figures led by Kim Haynes' 16 points. Destiney Gaston recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocks while Kesi Hess scored 11. Jasmin Shuler finished the game with 10 points and Simone Hopes grabbed nine rebounds.

South Alabama was led in scoring by Mansa El's 23 points while Jennifer Johnson added 14. Sarda Peterson and Camille Reynolds each tallied 11 points apiece.

Tennessee State will return to the Gentry Center to host Big 12 member Kansas State on Nov. 20 before returning to Alabama to participate in the Samford Thanksgiving Classic, Nov. 23-24.