|November 10, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||MEM|
|FG Percentage||.435 (27-62)||.500 (29-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.071 (1-14)||.444 (8-18)|
|FT Percentage||.741 (20-27)||.619 (13-21)|
WOOTEN - 1
Final Score: Tennessee State 75 - Memphis 79 (overtime)
Records: TSU (0-1) Memphis (1-0)
Venue: Elma Roane Fieldhouse
Location: Memphis, Tenn.
MEMPHIS --- The Tennessee State women’s basketball team fell just short of an upset in the season opener, falling to the University of Memphis, 79-75, in overtime.
A steal and layup by Maxine Beard gave TSU a two-point lead with time winding down but Memphis answered with a bucket to force overtime. In the extra period, U of M hit two free-throws with 2.6 seconds left to seal the win.
Tia Wooten paced the Lady Tiger offense with a career 33 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double while freshman Taylor Roberts scored 13. Kaliya Griffin also reached double-digits with 12 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- TSU shot 69.2 percent from the field and turned six steals into 12 points in the first quarter. The Lady Tigers led Memphis 23-18 at the end of the first period and extended the advantage to 30-18 in the second frame.
- Trailing by double-digits, Memphis rallied by scoring 18 unanswered points to take the lead. UofM led, 38-32, at halftime.
- TSU stayed within striking distance and was down, 53-50, heading into the fourth quarter before Tia Wooten pulled the Lady Tigers even.
- With 14.9 seconds left, Maxine Beard drained a jumper to even the game 70-70. On the next play Beard picked the pocket of a Memphis guard and scored to give TSU a two-point edge. Memphis answered with .5 on the clock and the game went to overtime.
- In an intense extra period, TSU was trailing, 77-75, when Memphis went to the free-throw line and made two free-throws to put the game out of reach.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leader – Points: Tia Wooten - 33
- TSU Leader – Rebounds: Tia Wooten- 11
- TSU Leader – Assists: Maxine Beard- 4
- TSU Leader – Steals: Taylor Roberts - 5
- TSU lost the battle of the boards, 36-35, but forced Memphis into 29 turnovers
- TSU recorded 14 steals and scored 25 points off of turnovers
- On the game, the Lady Tigers shot 43.5 percent from the field (27-of-62) and went 1-of-14 from beyond the arc
Head Coach Jessica Kern
“The kid’s played so hard tonight. I am so extremely proud. I told them, if this is the beginning of the season, why wait? Now that we know our potential and how far we can actually go, we need to step it up a notch.
We had a fantastic fan turn out tonight and we fed off of that. The reality is we turned the ball over 27 times and we can’t do that. We had a horrible lull in the second quarter but I’m very proud of our defensive effort tonight.
This was a great season opener and I think better things are yet to come”
On playing in her hometown
“It was amazing. All the love, seeing old faces, old coaches, and teachers really felt good. It felt good to have that kind of support in the stands.”
On scoring a career-high 33 points
“I didn’t even realize I had 33. It’s a blessing. I was just trying to go hard for my team. This was the season opener and I wanted to set the tone.”
- TSU moves to 1-7 in the all-time series versus Memphis.
- The Lady Tigers have now dropped four straight to Memphis in the series.
- The Lady Tigers will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 18 in the home opener versus Alabama A&M.
- Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. in Gentry Center.
- TSU is 2-0 in home openers over the past two seasons.