February 13, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Belmont2024281789
TSU Lady Tigers2016141565
Stats at a GlanceBELWBBTSU
FG Percentage.585 (31-53) .441 (26-59)
3P FG Percentage.435 (10-23) .375 (6-16)
FT Percentage.708 (17-24) .778 (7-9)
Offensive Rebounds77
Defensive Rebounds2617
Total Rebounds3324
Turnovers129
Steals14
Bench Points1930
LeadersBELWBBTSU
PointsHARMEYER - 27
WOOTEN - 17
ReboundsHARMEYER - 11
ROBERTS - 6
WOOTEN - 6
AssistsROY - 10
SIMS - 4
StealsWRIGHT - 1
ROBERTS - 1
PRIMAS - 1
OUTLOW - 1
WOOTEN - 1
BlocksWRIGHT - 1
WRISTER - 1
WOOTEN - 1
Women's Basketball Plays in Front of Record-Breaking Crowd for Kids Day
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Women's Basketball Plays in Front of Record-Breaking Crowd for Kids Day

Final Score: Tennessee State 65 – Belmont 89
Records: TSU (4-21, 4-9 OVC) – BU (19-5, 12-1 OVC)
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Attendance: 3,843

FINAL BOX | PHOTOS

NASHVILLE --- In an atmosphere that could only be described as electric, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team dropped an 89-65 decision to Belmont Wednesday afternoon in the Gentry Center on Kids Day.

The game was closely contested from the onset but the OVC leaders used scoring spurts in the second and third quarters to pull away. The Lady Tigers stayed with the Bruins in the fourth period but could not dig themselves out of the hole.

Tennessee State was paced by Tia Wooten’s 17 points while Taylor Roberts and Cebria Outlow each scored 11.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Tia Wooten – 17
    • Rebounds: Tia Wooten and Taylor Roberts – 6
    • Assists: Asia Sims - 4
  • Cebria Outlow and Taylor Roberts each tallied 11 points.
  • TSU held the advantage in bench points, 30-19, but Belmont outscored TSU 34-22 in the paint.
  • TSU only had nine turnovers in the game.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Following a high-energy opening five minutes of play, Belmont had a slight 13-12 lead.
  • The Lady Tigers took a, 17-16, lead on a jumper by Tia Wooten at the 3:17 mark.
  • The score was tied, 20-20, after the first quarter.
  • Belmont opened the second frame with a 7-0 run to go ahead, 27-20, and force a TSU timeout.
  • The Lady Tigers finally got on the board with 7:59 on the clock and continued plugging away.
  • Cebria Outlow nailed her third triple of the game to pull TSU even, 34-34, with 3:42 left in the half.
  • Over the next three minutes, however, TSU got outscored 10-0 and fell behind, 44-34.
  • A bucket from Tia Wooten ended the scoring drought and made the score, 44-36, in favor of Belmont at the break.
  • Four quick points from Belmont to start the half stretched the visitor’s lead to, 48-36.
  • TSU’s offensive struggles continued and the Lady Tigers got outscored, 28-14, in the third quarter. TSU trailed 72-50 heading into the final period.
  • Despite nearly matching Belmont point-for-point in the final stanza, the deficit proved too much to overcome. 

GAME NOTES

  • Tia Wooten scored in double-digits for the fifth straight game and the 17th time this season.
  • TSU fell to Belmont for the ninth straight time in the series history.
  • Attendance was 3,843, a Kids Day game record.
  • TSU had the lead for 1:59 in the first quarter.

QUOTES
Head Coach Jessica Kern

[on the energy of almost 4,000 kids cheering in the Gentry Center]
It was insane. Nashville community, Metro Area Schools, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. Walking in and seeing so many young people happy and energetic…  I remember when I was a little girl, I needed to look up to somebody that looked like me. The energy and the environment was crazy today. Shout out to Tiger Team, media relations, the athletic department, you guys did an incredible job. Uncle Gray and events management – this was fantastic. I pray that next year will be even bigger. This is a bold statement, but I’m pretty sure, there’s no one in our conference... and matter of fact, all the schools that are touching the Nashville area, I put it in front of you to have a kids day that’s better than ours. The word is out. We’re doing really good things at TSU, and I think that led us in the first half, and it kept us when we hit some lulls in the second half. I’m so grateful. I’ve already had so many coaches reach out and say how can we be a part, and that’s where it starts.

[on first quarter and first half play]
We’ve been in the gym. I keep saying it. Down the stretch, you minimize the contact, you maximize your shooting opportunities and your recovery opportunities, and I think we came out very hot. There was at no point tonight that I thought we were going to lose this game, to be very honest. We were locked in. But, the depth came in to play. When you’re building a program, you go to your sixth, seventh, eighth and sometimes even deeper man, and he was able to do that. Cebria Outlow was very good for us off the bench, and Taylor Roberts was very good for us off the bench, but we needed a collective effort when we went into the droughts. People are zoning us and packing us in really tight, so our bread and butter is transition. Both ways it was a dog fight. There were only two fast break points both ways, so third quarter we hit that drought and I put that on myself and my staff. We came out at the two-minute mark, and that is something we do not usually do. Our kids need to see the environment to get going, and we did not adjust in the way I think we should have on the fly to put us in situations to do better. So, the loss is not just on players, but is on coaches as well. I think we need to go back to the drawing board and be better with making adjustments because those are key when heading down the stretch.

[on Andreana Wrister]
A1, last year as a freshman, all my freshman out there, if you’re having a hard freshman year, you think your coach doesn’t like you, listen to me, A1 was that kid. Last year, she knew if she couldn’t defend, she couldn’t play, and once she started defending, she couldn’t hit shots. A coach should not have to take your time and put you in the gym. A1 is staying in the gym, and as the year is getting better, she shooting is getting better. She got my hard hat of the game, because she can take it and she responds. For her to keep Darby in all second-half points, she just defended her baseline to baseline. Ball screens, she had to get up, she had to get switch, she was in there on a post player, she was our unsung hero. She’s the future of our program.

UP NEXT

  • TSU will end the week on the road with a match-up at Jacksonville State. Game time for the OVC contest is set for 5:00 p.m. in Pete Mathews Coliseum.

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