TSU heads to Big Sky Country for Lady Griz Classic
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
TSU heads to Big Sky Country for Lady Griz Classic


The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will participate in its second tournament in as many weeks when the Lady Tigers travel to Missoula, Montana for the Lady Griz Classic, Nov. 30 - Dec. 1. TSU will face Idaho on day one of the tournament before matching up with host Montana on Saturday.  Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. (MT) tip-offs.

All the games of the tournament will be streamed free of charge through Big Sky TV. Fans can also follow live stats during the tournament.

The Lady Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating Samford, 57-40, on the road at the Samford Thanksgiving Classic last Saturday. TSU finished the tournament 1-1, after dropping a contest to UAB, 68-60, on the opening day.  TSU has an overall record of 2-3 and is led in scoring by Avery Jones (8.3 ppg), Simone Hopes (7.8 ppg) and Kesi Hess (7.8 ppg). Hopes pulls down a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game.

As a team, TSU is averaging 51.8 points per outing while shooting 33.8 percent from the field and 20.0 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently shooting only 64.7 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 20.2 turnovers per game.

TSU averages 38.4 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 10.4 steals per game.

Idaho picked up its first win of the season against Eastern Washington on Tuesday after opening the 2012-13 campaign, 0-4. The Vandals clipped Eastern, 68-66, at home to move to 1-4.

All-WAC preseason selection Alyssa Charlston led the Vandals with 29 points in the win while Christina Salvatore chipped in 11. Ali Forde pulled down a game-best 12 rebounds.

Charlston paces the Vandal offense with 14.6 ppg followed by Salvatore's 9.6 points per outing. Forde averages 7.4 boards per game. 

Idaho is shooting 31.8 percent from the field and posts an average of 58.4 points per contest.

Montana opened the season with a loss before winning three straight. The Lady Griz recently dropped a contest to Villanova and now sit at 3-2. Montana could not shake off a slow start against Villanova and fell, 74-49, in Las Vegas.

Torry Hill led all scorers with nine points while Kenzie De Boer added eight in the loss.

Do Boer is the team's leading scorer with 12.2 points per game. Katie Baker (9.6 ppg) and Hill (9.2 ppg) round out the top three scorers for the Lady Griz.

As a team, Montana averages 61.0 ppg behind a .375 shooting percentage.

Tennessee State will continue on to Montana State for a match-up on Dec. 3. TSU will then have a nearly a two week break before hosting Cleveland State on Dec. 16 in the Gentry Center.

Thursday, Nov. 29: Montana-Idaho, 7 p.m. MT

Friday, Nov. 30: Idaho-Tennessee State, 7 p.m. MT

Saturday, Dec. 1: Montana-Tennessee State, 7 p.m. MT