Women's Basketball Faces Memphis in Season Opener Friday
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Women's Basketball Faces Memphis in Season Opener Friday

at MEMPHIS (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 10 | 7 p.m.
Elma Roane Fieldhouse | Memphis, Tenn.

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GAMEDAY: The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will open the 2017-18 campaign at the University of Memphis on Friday night. Game time for the season opener is set for 7 p.m. in Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE: TSU had its final tune-up of the season with a high-energy exhibition contest against Kentucky State. TSU fell to KSU 84-82 on a last second shot by the visitors.

This season, Tennessee State will be under the leadership of first year head coach Jessica Kern. The Lady Tigers have six returners from last year’s squad and nine newcomers, including seven freshmen and two transfers that will sit out this year.

Tia Wooten (7.8 ppg) and Kaliya Griffin (6.9 ppg) are the leading scorers among the returners from last season while Maxine Beard averaged a 19.7 minutes of action per outing and earned 11 starts. Beard, the team’s lone senior, averaged 3.8 ppg as a junior. Asia Sims (9.3 mpg), Rekha Berry (8.7mpg) and Franceska Brown (4.0 mpg) also saw action last season for TSU.

LAST TIME OUT: Tennessee State led by as many as 15 points before watching the double-digit lead dissipate against Kentucky State. After being outscored 30-13 in the third quarter TSU rallied to regain the lead with just eight seconds remaining. KSU, however, went the length of the floor to score the winning bucket with three seconds on the clock. TSU’s final attempt was off the mark. Freshman Taylor Roberts scored a game high 26 points while Kaliya Griffin added 13. Tia Wooten was just shy of a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. 

ABOUT THE OPPONENT: Memphis, a member of the American Athletic Conference, was predicted to finish seventh in the league’s preseason poll. UofM returned four starters this season, including two players that were AAC Third-Team All-Conference selections last year. In the Tigers’ 83-50 exhibition win over Christian Brothers, four players scored in double-digits. 

SERIES INFORMATION: TSU will match up with Memphis for the eighth time in the series history with U of M holding a 6-1 advantage. The last meeting (12/1/11) saw Memphis defeat TSU, 88-64, in Elma Roane Fieldhouse. TSU’s only win was a 79-76 victory in 1989.

COVERAGE: Links for live stats and video can be found on the schedule on tsutigers.com. Updates will also be posted during the game on Twitter (@tsuladytigers).