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Memphis up next for Lady Tigers
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Memphis up next for Lady Tigers

The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will return to the road to face Conference USA member the University of Memphis on Thursday, Dec. 1. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in Elma Roane Field House.  

Tennessee State (3-4) is coming off a 1-1 showing at the Hoops for the Cure Tournament hosted by Southern Methodist in Dallas, Texas. The Lady Tigers fell to Fresno State, 83-66, in the opening game before defeating Cal State Fullerton, 61-48, in the consolation game. Since dropping the first two road games of the season at Cleveland State and Ohio State, TSU has won three of its last five.

As a team, TSU is averaging 65.7 points per outing while shooting 38.7 percent from the field and 28.2 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently shooting only 57.9 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 19.0 turnovers per game.

Tennessee State led from start to finish on the way to a 61-48 win over Cal State Fullerton in the consolation game of the Hoops for the Cure Tournament. TSU jumped out to a 36-21 halftime lead and never trailed again. Jasmin Shuler had 17 points while Destiney Gaston added 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Chelsea Hudson grabbed eight boards to lead TSU.  

Memphis (5-1) has won three straight including its most recent victory over UT Arlington on Sunday. Nicole Dickson had 20 points while Jasmine Lee (14) and Brittany Carter (13) also posted double-digits. Dickson also tallied 11 rebounds for a double-double. Memphis has four players averaging double-digits in scoring led by Brittany Carter with 15.5 ppg. Jasmine Lee posts 14.5 ppg while Nicole Dickson turns in 11.8 ppg and 9.3 rpg. Ramses Lonlack rounds out the top three scorers with 11.4 ppg. As a team, U of M averages 73.7 points per outing while shooting 40.6 percent from the field.

TSU will match-up with Memphis for the seventh time as U of M holds a 5-1 series lead. TSU's only win came in the 89-90 season with a 79-76 victory. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Lady Tigers played Memphis down to the wire and almost came away with the upset in a 78-76 loss to the Tigers.

After falling behind 37-29, TSU closed to within five to go into halftime trailing Memphis 43-39. Memphis built up an 8-point lead at the start of the second half but TSU responded with an 18-1 run to build a 9-point lead, the largest lead of the game. The Lady Tigers were leading by five but Memphis used a 9-2 run down the stretch to escape with the, 78-76, win. Kendra Appling led TSU with 19 points while Oby Okafor added 15. Nikki Rumph posted 12.  

Jasmin Shuler is leading the Lady Tigers in scoring with 17.0 points per game while Tayla Foster (9.1 ppg)  and Destiney Gaston (8.3 ppg) round out the top three scorers for TSU. Hudson is leading the team with 5.1 rpg.

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The Lady Tigers will return home to host Sun Belt member South Alabama on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Gentry Center. Then TSU will head to Mississippi to face Jackson State on Dec. 10.