NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Tigers basketball team will make the journey down I-65 to participate in the UAB Blazer Invitational Dec. 29-30. The Lady Tigers will take on the host Blazers in the opening round of the tournament Wednesday at 7 p.m.
TSU returned to campus Sunday evening to begin preparation for the tournament. The Lady Tigers dropped a disappointing 59-50 decision to Winthrop last Tuesday evening in the Gentry Center.
A pair of streaks was critical for TSU in the game as Winthrop made a 14-0 run over the first seven minutes of the second half. After fighting back to pull to within one point with five minutes remaining, TSU did not score again until a 3-point field goal by Leslie Dean with 18 seconds remaining.
"We are looking forward to competing in this tournament and this is promises to be a very competitive group of teams," said TSU head coach Tracee Jones. "This tournament will help us prepare for our conference season. We need a win and that is what we are working toward in this tournament."
The Lady Tigers (3-5) will be playing a team that is also led by a first-year head coach. Tracee Jones is in her alma mater's helm while UAB is led by former Virginia player and assistant coach, Audra Smith. UAB is off to a 1-9 start.
Also in the tournament are Alabama State and Furman. The two winners will meet in the championship game at 7 p.m. Thursday while the consolation game between the losers of the first round games will be held at 5 p.m.
Following their trip to UAB, the Lady Tigers will host UNC-Asheville Monday (Jan. 3) in the Gentry Center at 7 p.m.