February 15, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Morehead State1716182071
Tennessee State1622161569
Stats at a GlanceMORWBBTSU
FG Percentage.388 (26-67) .391 (27-69)
3P FG Percentage.167 (2-12) .294 (5-17)
FT Percentage.850 (17-20) .909 (10-11)
Offensive Rebounds1518
Defensive Rebounds2427
Total Rebounds3945
Turnovers1518
Steals129
Bench Points1114
LeadersMORWBBTSU
PointsCROCKETT - 19
WOOTEN - 20
ReboundsTODD - 9
McKEE - 9
WOOTEN - 16
AssistsSEWARD - 5
BEARD - 5
StealsMcKEE - 4
WOOTEN - 4
BlocksTODD - 6
Women's Basketball Drops Close Battle to Morehead State, 71-69
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Women's Basketball Drops Close Battle to Morehead State, 71-69
Kaliya Griffin had 13 points vs MSU | Photo by Don Claussen

FINAL BOX | PHOTO GALLERY

Final Score: Tennessee State 69 – Morehead State 71
Records: TSU (5-19, 3-12 OVC) – MSU (18-9, 9-5 OVC)
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE ---  In another disappointing loss, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team fell to Morehead State, 71-69, Thursday night in the Gentry Center.

Tennessee State (5-19, 3-19 OVC) battled the entire night but fell short in the end as Morehead State improved to 19-9 (10-5 OVC).

Tia Wooten posted her ninth double-double of the season with 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Maxine Beard tallied 15 points while Kaliya Griffin (13) and Taylor Roberts (12) also reached double figures.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Tia Wooten – 20
    • Rebounds: Tia Wooten - 16
    • Assists: Maxine Beard – 5
    • Steals: Tia Wooten - 4
  • Maxine Beard (15), Kaliya Griffin (13) and Taylor Roberts (12) also scored in double-digits
  • TSU went 10-of-11 from the free-throw line (90.9 percent).
  • TSU outrebounded MSU, 45-39.
  • The game had 11 ties and 12 lead changes.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After a closely played first period, TSU trailed MSU, 17-16, heading into the second frame.
  • TSU was down, 19-18, when three consecutive triples from Asia Sims, Kaliya Griffin and Maxine Beard put the Lady Tigers on top, 27-19.
  • TSU led, 38-33, at halftime.
  • Halfway into the third stanza, the score was 44-41 in favor of TSU.
  • The momentum shifted in the fourth period after myriad of turnovers led to TSU falling behind, 57-56, early in the frame.
  • The Lady Tigers pulled even on their next possession and the teams battled from that point.
  • The game was knotted at 65-all with three minutes left to play.
  • TSU scored on its next possession but MSU answered with a triple to go ahead, 68-67, with just over one minute remaining.
  • Tia Wooten connected in the paint to give the lead back to TSU with 47.1 seconds left.
  • Morehead State called a timeout and scored on its possession to reclaim the lead with 35.5 on the clock.
  • TSU was fouled on its shot attempt and MSU came away with the rebound. The Lady Tigers were forced to foul.
  • Morehead State made one of two and after coming away with the rebound TSU used a timeout to advance. MSU was up, 71-69 with 3.9 seconds left.
  • TSU’s final shot attempt was off the mark.

GAME NOTES

  • Tia Wooten scored in double-digits for the 24th consecutive game.
  • Taylor Roberts scored in double-figures for the eighth consecutive game.
  • After making 4-of-6 from three-point range in the second quarter, TSU went 1-of-8 in the last two quarters.

QUOTES
Head Coach Jessica Kern
“Play4Kay is something that since I’ve gotten into collegiate athletics, I’ve been pretty adamant about. And the one thing I think when people think of Play4Kay they only think of breast cancer, but this is several forms of cancer that probably affects all parts of our family. It was a great turnout tonight. For those that don’t know, for every free throw that we made, we were donating money, and we’ve also had outside entities that have donated as well. I just want to say thank you to the people that this game is really an emotional investment. I just want to say thank you.”
-On Play4Kay

“Morehead is the number two rebounding team in the country. So, for us to have 45 rebounds is a great thing. Walk by faith and not by sight. That’s the only thing keeping us grounded and ready to go to the next. And those are also babies in the locker room, and sometimes dealing with tough losses like this, two within 18 seconds we lose, we have to go love up on babies. I appreciate their efforts. Four players in double -digits, 90 percent from the free-throw line, you look at the stat line and you have to be happy as a coach. They’re growing, but they still need the validation of a win. The lesson is… these things play out crazy in the standings. We play on Saturday.”
-Overview of the game

“I think its starting to resonate. There’s something to be said about a senior when you know the clock is ticking. And for Max, Saturday is the last stand on this court. That hits you somewhere. Max has had a journey with coaching changes, being on the roster, being off the roster. The kid has a 4.0 in the classroom. I think she’s finally realizing, in order for people to follow, i have to lead. And I think that’s taxing, emotionally and physically. I think she fizzled out in the second half, but i’m proud of her. I’m proud of the task we’ve given her. If you notice, Maxine Beard holds everyone’s top defender at the guard position. Her and Asia Sims. I talked to her, and I think she gave us everything she had tonight.”
-On the energy of Maxine Beard

UP NEXT

  • TSU will play its final home game of the season on Saturday against Eastern Kentucky on senior night.

#BigBlueRising