|December 21, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MARWBB||TSU|
|FG Percentage||.481 (25-52)||.355 (22-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.556 (10-18)||.273 (6-22)|
|FT Percentage||.478 (11-23)||.652 (15-23)|
Final Score: Tennessee State 65 – Marshall 71
Records: TSU (2-7) – Marshall (5-7)
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State women’s basketball erased a 31-point deficit and freshman Taylor Roberts poured in a career-high 27 points but it was not enough as TSU fell to Marshall, 71-65, Thursday night in the Gentry Center.
After being outscored, 49-24, in the first half, TSU (2-7) held Marshall (5-7) to 22 second-half points. The Lady Tigers cut the deficit down to six points but could not complete the comeback.
Taylor Roberts finished with 27 points to lead TSU while Tia Wooten added 13.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Taylor Roberts – 27
- Rebounds: Asia Sims - 8
- Assists: Maxine Beard - 3
- Steals: Jaden Wrightsell – 3
- TSU outscored Marshall 20-8 in the third quarter after trailing by 31 points in the first half.
- TSU held the advantage in bench points, 36-18.
- TSU shot 35.5 percent from the field, including 27.3 percent from three-point range.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- TSU fell behind, 29-10, after Marshall knocked down seven three-pointers and shot 77.8 percent from beyond the arc in the opening period.
- The visitors extended the advantage to 44-13 after outscoring TSU 15-3 to start the second quarter.
- Later in the second frame, a 9-0 spurt fueled by back-to-back three-point plays from Taylor Roberts provided a spark for the TSU offense.
- The Lady Tigers outscored the Thundering Herd, 11-5, in the last 5:10 of the half to go into the break trailing, 49-24.
- Taylor Roberts led TSU with 12 points at halftime.
- TSU scored six unanswered points to start the third quarter but Marshall responded with six straight.
- The home team continued to fight and managed to cut the deficit down to 13 points on a layup by Jaden Wrightsell with 31 seconds left in the third period.
- With 6:56 remaining, TSU pulled to within single digits, 61-52, following a 6-0 run.
- TSU closed to within six with 3:46 remaining when Taylor Williams drained a triple.
- With just over one minute remaining the score was, 69-61, in favor of Marshall.
- TSU cut the deficit down to six points again but that would be as close as they would get.
- TSU fell to 0-4 in the series history versus Marshall
- Tia Wooten scored in double-digits for the 9th consecutive game
- The game snapped a two-game home winning streak
- The reigning OVC Freshman of the Week, Taylor Roberts, notched double-digits for the 6th time this season.
- Jaden Wrightsell saw action for the first time since, Nov. 18. She had seven points on 3-of-5 shooting in 15 minutes.
Head Coach Jessica Kern
“We’re in our learning curve, that’s the reality of it. We dug a tremendous hole in the first half. Kids didn’t show up to play. I always tell people this is one of three times in the year where kids are already at home, but we have to keep them reeled in. We were outscored 49-24 in the first. Great part is, we came back and outscored them 41-22 which is fantastic, but there are four quarters and we have to play for all four.”
-On second half comeback
“Welcome back to Jaden Wrightsell. It was great to have her back. This was her first contact since Alabama A&M. Taylor Roberts. The kid just keeps showing up. Jaden is that kind of player we recruit. The Taylor Roberts’, the Jaden Wrightsell’s, our Tia’s - they do it all. It was nice to feel her presence coming back because she helps us share the ball because she’s a very good passer in the post. Two players in double digits. We’ve got to get three and four. Kaliya Griffin had a tough night for us. Taylor Williams has the glue. Asia Sims was in a face guard on 14 for the rest of the game, and she worked her butt off.”
-On the standouts
“I’m going to keep saying it week in and week out - we’re battle tested. We had a very tough non-conference schedule so we’re used to having to fight on the road, we’re used to getting it at home. We’re used to being down, then up. We’ve had every scenario which is great. I like our chances going to UT Martin, they’ve played very well this year, and on paper we match up very well. We’re 0-0 at this point.”
-On upcoming conference play
“We can’t lose the taste in your mouth when you’re defeated because when you lose that taste, it becomes a regular thing. And we’re not ordinary. We pride ourselves on not being average, so I have workouts for these kids over the holiday break. Stay committed to the process, and we’re here on assignment. I don’t coach. I’m on assignment to do great things, and TSU is a great place to do it. We’ve got the kids to do it. They need these couple days to get fresh legs and then we’re on the road.”
-On 0-0 start and what you’re pushing to the team
- TSU returns to action next week in the OVC opener at UT Martin. Game time is set for 3 p.m. in Elam Center.