November 25, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
TSU Lady Tigers813171856
Pittsburgh1823201778
Stats at a GlanceTSUUP
FG Percentage.333 (20-60) .587 (27-46)
3P FG Percentage.125 (3-24) .615 (8-13)
FT Percentage.684 (13-19) .593 (16-27)
Offensive Rebounds139
Defensive Rebounds1529
Total Rebounds2838
Turnovers1722
Steals54
Bench Points1114
LeadersTSUUP
PointsROBERTS - 21
Danielle Garven - 17
ReboundsWOOTEN - 7
Kauai Bradley - 10
AssistsWOOTEN - 3
Jasmine Whitney - 7
StealsBANNER - 2
Cassidy Walsh - 1
Cara Judkins - 1
Kauai Bradley - 1
Jaala Henry - 1
BlocksDanielle Garven - 1
Cara Judkins - 1
TSU Falls to Pitt on Final Day of Challenge in Music City
Sunday, November 25, 2018
TSU Falls to Pitt on Final Day of Challenge in Music City
Photo by Sam Jordan.

FINAL BOX | PHOTO GALLERY

Final Score: Tennessee State 56 – Pittsburgh 78
Records: TSU (0-7) – Pitt (4-4)
Venue: Municipal Auditorium
Location: Nashville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State women’s basketball team could not overcome a slow start in a, 78-56, loss to Pittsburgh Sunday night in Municipal Auditorium.

Tennessee State (0-7) nearly matched Pittsburgh (4-4) point-for-point in the second half after falling behind by 20 in the opening period.

Taylor Roberts led the way for TSU with 21 points. The sophomore scored a total of 69 points during the three-game tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Tia Wooten pulled down a team-best seven rebounds to go with nine points and three assists.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Taylor Roberts – 21
    • Rebounds: Tia Wooten - 7
    • Assists: Tia Wooten - 3
    • Steals: Terrysha Banner - 2

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • TSU was trailing 9-7 when three consecutive triples from Pittsburgh put the Lady Tigers in an 18-7 hole.
  • In the second quarter, TSU fell behind 32-15 after Pitt opened the frame with a 14-7 spurt.
  • The Panthers shot 76.9 percent from the field in the second period and extended the advantage to 41-21 at halftime.
  • TSU played Pitt tight in the third quarter and outscored the Panthers, 18-17, in the fourth but the deficit proved too much to overcome.

GAME NOTES

  • Taylor Roberts scored at least 20 points for the third straight game.
  • She totaled 69 points during the three-game tournament and was named to the All-Tournament team.
  • Wooten finished with nine points for the third consecutive game.
  • This was the first meeting between TSU and Pitt in the all-time series history.
  • TSU played its fourth consecutive high-major and fourth game in five days. (Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh)

QUOTES
Head Coach Jessica Kern

“I think the kids came out and competed every single night. I couldn’t be more proud of them because, again, we had a huge task in the three teams that we were taking on in this tournament. But it was great to be welcomed here and we were welcomed with open arms.”
- On the tournament

“We have some great things to look forward to. Finally going back home, being on our own floor, which will really be fun. But I think this was a really good experience.”
- Moving forward

I’m grateful to my kids for everything they gave tonight. The score was not indicative of the entire effort that we put over the tournament.”
- On the game

“Our record by no means is indicative of the type of team that we are and the kind of energy that we give. And so I just continue to ask fans to come out and support because we are turning the corner. Its not about myself or the staff, its about these kids and they need the support because we’re right there ready for a breakthrough.”
- On the team

UP NEXT

  • TSU finally will get a chance to play on its home court on Thursday, Nov. 29 when the Lady Tigers host South Alabama. Game time is set for 6 p.m. in the Gentry Center.

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