Final Score: Tennessee State 83 - Kentucky State 84
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE --- In a game that went down to the wire, the Tennessee State women’s basketball team fell to Kentucky State, 84-83, in an exhibition contest Friday night at the Gentry Center.
Kaliya Griffin hit a three-pointer from the corner with 8.2 seconds remaining but Kentucky State drained a floater with 3.2 seconds on the next possession. TSU’s last shot attempt was off the mark.
Freshman Taylor Roberts led all scorers with 26 points while Griffin added 13. KSU was led in scoring by Brittani Rizzi.
TSU held the advantage in bench points, 46-29, but got outrebounded 43-37.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Tennessee State led by as many as 15 points and had a 43-30 lead at halftime but Kentucky State rallied in the second stanza. KSU opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run and went on to outscore TSU 30-13 in the period. The Lady Tigers trailed 60-56 at the end of the frame.
TSU responded in the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run to regain the lead but the visitors once again climbed on top. After a back-and-forth battle, KSU squeaked out an 81-78 lead with 36.6 seconds remaining. TSU managed to go on top, 83-82, with less than 10 seconds left but Kentucky State scored the winning bucket with 3.2 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leader – Points: Taylor Roberts - 26
- TSU Leader – Rebounds: Tia Wooten - 9
- TSU Leader – Assists: Tia Wooten -3
- TSU finished with 12 assists to Kentucky State’s 16.
- The Lady Tigers tallied 12 steals and committed 22 turnovers.
Head Coach Jessica Kern
"Obviously very disappointed to open the season with a loss, however, I will be very candid and say what I said in the locker room. Inconsistent practices lead to inconsistent play. That’s just the truth. The head of the body has to be accountable. I received a technical, which will never happen again. Whether you think it’s right or wrong, it is what it is. Technical fouls are something we don’t do, but we live and we learn. Putting up 83 points is impressive. I’m glad that we can score the ball, but there were people that didn’t show up. I know that we can score a little bit better than we did. 37 rebounds - we were short. We definitely got outrebounded and outscored in the second half. Hats off to Kentucky State, I was in the Division II seat at one point and I know how that feels, so hats off to them."
- The Lady Tigers will hit the road to face Memphis in the season opener on Nov. 10
- Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Elma Roane Field House.