Final Score: Tennessee State - 91 Cincinnati Christian - 56
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State women’s basketball team defeated Cincinnati Christian, 91-56, Monday night in the Gentry Center.
TSU got off to a quick start and controlled the tempo for most of the game.
Five players finished the game scoring in double-digits while the TSU bench poured in 45 points.
Jaden Wrightsell led the Lady Tigers with 22 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double while Andreana Wrister added 13. Taylor Roberts came off the bench to score 12 points as Cebria Outlow also notched a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jazmine Young finished the game with 11 points and seven boards.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Jaden Wrightsell– 22
- Rebounds: Jaden Wrightsell -13
- Assists: Lauren Elliott – 6
- Five players scored in double-digits.
- TSU held the advantage in bench points, 45-30, and points in the paint, 32-12.
- TSU forced CCU into 37 turnovers.
HEAD COACH JESSICA KERN
(on the game)
“First and foremost I want to give hats off to Coach (Markell) Cox. He’s a young coach that I’ve known for a while earlier in my career. It’s great to see him with a head coaching position and I think in their league, they’ll do extremely well. Great to open the season and have this conversation with you. It’s a little opposite this time last year. I believe how you start the year kind of sets the tone and so we wanted to be aggressive in all that we did tonight. I think we somewhat succeeded in that area. I had multiple players in double figures, which was great. More importantly, I like the balanced rebounding and the balanced scoring. Earlier at the OVC Media Day, they asked what you could look forward to with TSU women’s basketball, and that was playing position-less. We have a lot of position-less players and then we had a lot of players that didn’t play tonight as well that are going to be huge contributors for us. Overall, I thought it was a great team effort to get the jitters out before we go to Lipscomb.”
(On second year)
"I felt like this offseason was so long for some reason. I don’t know. It’s just you’re anxious to see combinations of kids, and as you can see, we have a lot of new faces and faces that have been sitting out, so you really want to know what works. But, overall, I’m very happy with our conditioning. I think this time last year, I questioned our conditioning a little bit. We’re shooting the ball a lot better, which is good, and that’s a shout out to my coaches in individual sessions – the kids are doing a great job with that. But our team chemistry, I know you saw in the previous interview. Our kids like each other, and that’s a really big deal in women’s sports. I keep telling people, if you come to TSU, and you stay, you’ll win."
(on the balanced scoring)
“When we play sort of a European kind of model, which is a lot of times just spreading the floor, you really never know who’s going to do it. I’m a lot happier with our guard play in regards to shooting the ball well, taking their time to shoot. We have some undersized, tweener kind of posts so when we slash things happen. My kids laugh at me because I say it’s supposed to be a track meet. For us, it has to be. We want to be the first to score. We want to be the first to get down the court. Our post players are rim-running with everything they have and it is opening the floor up. I think it’s going to be extremely difficult to defend us. Balanced scoring and rebounding are things I want to talk about all year. I think we’ll score based on our defense, and I think we did that tonight.”
- TSU will officially kick-off the 2018-19 campaign this Friday, Nov. 9 at Lipscomb. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. in Allen Arena.