TENNESSEE STATE (0-1)
vs ALABAMA A&M (1-1)
Saturday, Nov. 18 | 5:30 p.m.
Gentry Center| Nashville, Tenn.
GAMEDAY: The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 18 versus Alabama A&M in home opener. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center. TSU faculty and staff get into the game free with a canned good and a valid ID.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE: TSU had an impressive showing in the season opener at Memphis last week. The Lady Tigers dropped a hard-fought, 79-75, decision in overtime to the Tigers.
After one game TSU is led in scoring by redshirt junior Tia Wooten while freshman Taylor Roberts and sophomore Kaliya Griffin are also scoring in double-digits.
TSU is 2-0 in home openers over the last two seasons.
LAST TIME OUT: Tennessee State used its defensive pressure to build a 12-point lead over Memphis but the home team answered with a rally to reclaim the lead before the half. TSU stayed within striking distance and made huge plays down the stretch to even the game and have a chance to win. U of M sank a shot with .5 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime before outscoring TSU 7-3 in the extra period to secure the win. Tia Wooten recorded a double-double in front of her home crowd with a career-high 33 points to go with 11 rebounds. Taylor Roberts came off the bench to record 13 points and five steals while Kaliya Griffin scored 12. Maxine Beard and Franceska Brown each tallied eight points.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: Alabama A&M (1-1), a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, was predicted to finish 9th out of 10 teams in the league’s preseason poll. AAMU opened the season at Alabama (L 92-30) before recently coming off a decisive, 70-56, victory over Evansville at home. The Bulldogs are led in scoring by Ashlyn Dotson’s 16.5 points per game. Alexandra Johnson averages 9.5 ppg and 8.0 rpg while Jameica Cobb rounds out the top three scorers with 7.0 points per outing. As a team AAMU is averaging 51.0 ppg while shooting 36.1 percent from the field.
SERIES INFORMATION: TSU will match up with Alabama A&M for the fifth time in the series history with A&M holding a 3-1 advantage. The teams split the last two contests. The last meeting (12/13/09) saw AAMU defeat TSU, 76-67, in the Gentry Center. TSU’s only win was a 59-54 victory in Huntsville, Ala., Dec. 14, 2008.
COVERAGE: Links for live stats (tsu.statbroadcast.com) and video (OVCDigitalNetwork.com) can be found on the schedule on tsutigers.com. Updates will also be posted during the game on Twitter (@tsuladytigers).