WBB prepares for afternoon game against Jackson State
Friday, November 19, 2010


The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will look to bounce back from Thursday's loss when the Lady Tigers host Jackson State on Saturday. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. in the Gentry Center.


The Lady Tigers fell to 1-2 on the season after dropping the season home opener to NAIA Cumberland, 66-62, Thursday night in the Gentry Center.

TSU started slow and could never get over the hump in the loss to CU. Tayla Foster and Jasmine Shuler led TSU with 15 points each while Alana Morris added a team best seven rebounds.

The Lady Tigers struggled from the field, especially in the first half, for a shooting percentage of 30.3%. (28 % percent from three-point range). TSU shot a dismal, 55.6 percent from the free-throw line in the game, going 15-of-27 from the charity stripe.


After a couple of games, freshman Tayla Foster is leading the Lady Tigers in scoring with 12.0 ppg to go with 6.3 rpg. Senior Meredith Stafford and Sophomore Jasmine Shuler are each averaging 10.7 ppg for the Lady Tigers while Alana Morris is pulling down a team best 7.3 boards per outing.


TSU vs. Jackson State can be seen on OVCsports.tv. 


TSU never led in the game against a feisty Cumberland team. The Lady Tigers put together a number of rallies down the stretch but the Bulldogs were able to keep them at bay.

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After winning both exhibition contests against West Alabama and LeMoyne-Owen, JSU has dropped all three of its regular season games. Jackson State (0-3) fell to Ole Miss, 69-64, before suffering losses to Southeast Missouri (55-37) and UAB (74-38).

The Lady Tigers are averaging 46.3 points per game as a team and are led in scoring by Rachel Jones (9.7 ppg). Ayanna Hardy-Fuller is pulling down a team best 7.0 rebounds per outing.


TSU and Jackson State will meet for the ninth time in the series history, with JSU holding a 7-1 lead. JSU claimed the last meeting between the two teams, 74-63 in Mississippi while TSU's only win was a 60-46 romp  on NOv.14, 2008 in the Gentry Center.


TSU grabbed an early 5-2 lead on buckets from Oby Okafor and Meredith Stafford. But the Lady Tiger offense then suffered over a five-minute scoring drought that saw Jackson State capture a 12-5 lead.

Back-to-back three point buckets from Nikki Rumph and Kesi Hess helped TSU knot the score 14-14 just before the third media timeout. JSU, however, knocked down three treys, including one at the buzzer, down the stretch to carry a 31-23 advantage into the break.

Tennessee State committed 11 turnovers and shot a dismal 29.0 percent (9-of-31) from the field in the first half.

TSU cut the deficit down to three (31-28) within the first two minutes of the second half. The Lady Tigers moved to within one after a lay-up by LaDona Pierce with 15:07 on the clock and again at the 14:26 mark.

With a little over five minutes left to play and TSU trailing 60-55, JSU rallied off nine unanswered points to go up 69-55. The Lady Tigers would not be able to overcome the deficit.


The Lady Tigers will return to the road on Nov. 23 when they face SEC member Arkansas. Following the Thanksgiving holiday, TSU will face cross town Lipscomb on Saturday, Nov.27 in Allen Arena. TSU will play a couple of early conference games Dec.2 & 4, against Eastern Illinois and Southeast Missouri