|November 24, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Tennessee State Lady Tigers
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||ILL|
|FG Percentage||.217 (15-69)||.500 (35-70)|
|3P FG Percentage||.143 (3-21)||.409 (9-22)|
|FT Percentage||.526 (10-19)||.792 (19-24)|
- 11||Chatrice White
- 9||Alex Wittinger
COX - 2
JOHNSON - 2
Jaelyne Kirkpatrick - 3
- 2||Chatrice White
- 2||Cierra Rice
Kennedy Cattenhead - 1
Chatrice White - 1
Alex Wittinger - 1
Champaign, Ill. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team fell to Big Ten member Illinois, 98-43, Tuesday night at Parkland College.
Tennessee State (1-3) struggled with the Illinois (4-0) defense the entire night and could never really get anything going.
Jayda Johnson was the only Lady Tiger that scored in double-digits with 11 points while Samantha Palma had a team-high nine rebounds.
Illinois had six players score in double-digits led by Chatrice White’s 20 points. Kyley Simmons (17), Alex Wittinger (12), Brooke Kissinger (12), Kennedy Cattenhead (11) and Cierra Rice (10) also posted double figures.
The Illinois defense was staggering and back-to-back turnovers followed by a number of empty possessions led to TSU falling into an early 12-0 hole just four and half minutes into the game. The Lady Tigers finally got on the board at the 6:12 mark after Brianna Lawrence connected with Jayda Johnson on a fast break. Two plays later Lawrence banked in a three-pointer to make the score, 16-5, in favor of the Fighting Illini.
The TSU offense continued to struggle with Illinois’ pressure and another flurry of turnovers led to the Lady Tigers falling behind 33-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Tennessee State outscored its opponent, 7-2, in the opening moments of the second period but the home team quickly regained the momentum. Illinois had a commanding, 60-21, lead at halftime.
In the third frame TSU continued to struggle and only managed to make three field goals, including a three-pointer by Naomi Bolasingh. The Lady Tigers trailed 82-31 heading into the final quarter and never recovered.
TSU went 15-of-69 from the field and only hit three of 21 three-point attempts. The Lady Tigers had 24 turnovers and also struggled from the free-throw line (52.6 percent).
Following the holiday, the Lady Tigers return action at home when they host the Teresa Phillips Thanksgiving Classic. TSU will face Texas Southern on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. before matching up with North Alabama on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. in the Gentry Center.