TENNESSEE STATE (0-1) vs. ALABAMA STATE (0-1)
Friday, Nov. 20 | 4:00 p.m. CT
Preseason WNIT Consolation Round | SIU Arena | Carbondale, Ill.
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action in the Consolation Round of the Preseason WNIT on Friday, Nov. 20 against Alabama State. The Lady Tigers will play at host site Southern Illinois and will face either SIU or Siena on Saturday. Game time for Fridays contest is set for 4 p.m. in SIU Arena. Saturday’s game time will either be 4:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. CT.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team dropped its season opener to Indiana, 88-56, in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. The loss moved the Lady Tigers (0-1) to the consolation bracket.
After only one game senior Brianna Lawrence leads the Lady Tigers in scoring with 22 points and seven rebounds per game. She also had four steals and two blocks in the season opener. Sophomore Michelle Cox scored 11 points while freshman Tiana Parker had three blocks in the first outing.
Thirteen players saw action in last Friday’s game.
The Lady Tigers are led by fourth year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State fell to Indiana, 88-56, in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT. TSU got off to a dismal start against IU and only managed to score a total of 14 points in the first half. The Lady Tigers fell behind by as many as 45 points and trailed 50-14 at the half. The Lady Tigers showed signs of life in the second stanza and eventually outscored the Hoosiers, 42-38. Brianna Lawrence hit six three pointers in the contest and finished with 22 points but the deficit was too much to overcome. Michelle Cox also scored in double-digits with 11 points.
ABOUT ALABAMA STATE
Alabama State (0-1) managed to build a halftime lead over Southern Mississippi but ultimately fell to the opponent 65-44 in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT last Friday. Kayla Tucker led the team with nine points in 14 minutes. Jasmine Peeples was the second leading scorer with seven points to go with a team-best eight rebounds. Alabama State is a member of the SWAC.
ABOUT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
Southern Illinois fell to DePaul in the opener and were led in scoring by Rishonda Napier’s 15 points. Kim Nebo had eight rebounds in the contest. SIU is in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Siena dropped a 57-40 decision to St. Bonaventure in the Preseason WNIT opener. Kollyns Scarborough led the Saints with 10 points while the team only managed a 26.5 percent from the field. Siena is in thw Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
TSU will match up with Alabama State for the 19th time with Alabama State holding a 12-6 advantage. ASU claimed the last meeting between the two teams, 70-60, during the 2004-05 season. The last time TSU won was a 67-64 victory in the 99-00 season.
A potential meeting with Southern Illinois would be the fifth time the two programs would match-up with the Salukis holding a 3-1 advantage. SIU claimed the last meeting, 89-68, on Nov. 11, 2011 while TSU’s only win (57-43) was Nov. 10, 2010.
Siena and TSU have never met before.
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Links for live stats will also be available on tsutigers.com. Links can be found on tsutigers.com under the schedule.
TSU will remain on the road and travel to Big Ten member Illinois on Tuesday, Nov. 24.