TENNESSEE STATE (0-0)
vs LIPSCOMB (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 9 | 6:30 p.m.
Nashville, Tenn. | Allen Arena
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will officially kick-off the 2018-19 season with a matchup at cross-town opponent Lipscomb University Friday night. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. in Allen Arena.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team, under the direction of second-year head coach Jessica Kern, will look to build from a season ago. TSU finished the 2017-18 campaign with a 6-21 overall record and a 4-14 OVC conference mark.
The Lady Tigers have a mixture of experience and youth on this year’s squad with eight returners and eight newcomers, including two transfers.
Redshirt senior Tia Wooten is the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder as she averaged 21.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per outing last season. She finished last season ranked 15th in the nation in points per game and 20th in made free-throws. She was named to the 2018 Preseason All-OVC Team.
Sophomore Taylor Roberts, TSU’s other Preseason All-OVC selection, turned in 14.6 ppg and 6.7 rpg as a rookie. She ranked 4th in the OVC in free-throw percentage, 6th in steals, 7th in offensive rebounds and 9th in scoring.
Wooten and Roberts combined for just over half of TSU’s total offense last season and hauled in six OVC weekly honors between them.
LAST TIME OUT
In the team’s only exhibition, TSU 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.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Lipscomb is a member of the Atlantic Sun. The Lady Bisons finished last season with an overall record of 12-19 while posting a 7-7 conference mark. LU is coming off a 69-51 exhibition win over Cincinnati Christian on Tuesday night. Redshirt-junior Anna Hammaker, a Kansas State transfer, led the team with 17 points while Freshman Kailey Rosenbaum posted 12 points and eight rebounds.
Tennessee State and Lipscomb will meet for the 26th time in the series history with TSU leading 22-3. The Lady Tigers claimed last year’s meeting, 71-64, in the Gentry Center and have won four straight. Lipscomb’s last win was an 81-78 victory in 2013.
The radio broadcast can be heard on 102.1 The Ville while the video stream will be available on ESPN+. Links for live stats, radio and video can be found on the schedule on tsutigers.com. Updates will also be posted during the game on Twitter (@tsuladytigers).
TSU will hit the road to face Alabama A&M on Tuesday, Nov.13. Game time is set for 11 a.m. in T.M. Elmore Gym.