TENNESSEE STATE (0-2)
vs BALL STATE (4-0)
Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 12 p.m.
Gentry Center | Nashville, Tenn.
GAMEDAY: Tennessee State women’s basketball will play the second contest of its three-game home stand on Wednesday, Nov. 22 against non-conference opponent Ball State. Game time is set for 12 p.m. in the Gentry Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE: TSU will be looking for its first win of the season on Wednesday. The Lady Tigers fell to 0-2 after a tough, 77-75, loss to Alabama A&M at home on Saturday.
Tia Wooten (28.5 ppg) and Taylor Roberts (15.5 ppg) lead the team in scoring while Maxine Beard (7.0 ppg) rounds out the top three scorers for TSU. Wooten and Roberts are also the team’s top rebounders.
After two games, TSU is averaging 75.0 ppg while shooting 40.9 percent from the field. As a team, the Lady Tigers are shooting 71.2 percent from the free-throw line while struggling from beyond the arc (.143).
The Lady Tigers are under the direction of first year head coach Jessica Kern.
LAST TIME OUT: Tennessee State was outscored, 30-11, in the second quarter and fell behind by as many as 23 points before mounting a comeback. The Lady Tigers pulled to within nine heading into the fourth quarter and tied the game with 25 seconds remaining. Alabama A&M, however, scored with .9 seconds on the clock to secure the 77-75 win. Tia Wooten led TSU with 24 points to go with seven rebounds while freshman Taylor Roberts came off the bench to record 18 points and nine rebounds.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: Ball State is off to a 4-0 start and is most recently coming off an 88-79 win at Vanderbilt on Monday. The Cardinals are a member of the Mid-American Conference and have wins over Cleveland State, Missouri State and Lipscomb this season. The Cardinals have three players averaging double-digits in scoring led by Moriah Monaco. Carmen Grande and Destin Washington also average double-digits for the Cardinals. Cardinal head coach Brady Sallee used to coach in the OVC as the head coach at Eastern Illinois for eight years.
SERIES INFORMATION: TSU and Ball State will meet for only the second time in the series history. The first meeting was in the 1986-87 season when the Lady Tigers squeaked out a 64-63 win over the Cardinals.
UP NEXT: Tennessee State will conclude its three-game home stand on Monday, Nov. 27 with a match-up against Sunbelt member Troy. Game time is set for 6 p.m. in Gentry Center.