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Lady Tigers defeat Fullerton in consolation game
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Lady Tigers defeat Fullerton in consolation game

Dallas, Texas --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team defeated Cal State Fullerton, 61-48, in the consolation game of the Hoops for the Cure tournament Saturday afternoon in Moody Coliseum.

With the win, TSU improved to 3-4 and finished the tournament 1-1. Cal State Fullerton dropped its second straight and moved to 3-2 on the season.

Jasmin Shuler paced the Lady Tigers with 17 points and six rebounds while Destiney Gaston had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Shuler was named to the All-Tournament team.

Megan Richardson had 18 points to lead Fullerton.

The Lady Tigers used their pressure defense to grab a 9-4 lead at the first media timeout. With 14:52 on the clock a bucket by Tayla Foster sparked an 8-2 run that put TSU on top 17-6 and forced a Fullerton timeout.

The Lady Tigers stretched the advantage to 22-9 behind a three-pointer from Jasmin Shuler before the Titans used five unanswered points to make the score, 22-14, with 8:27 remaining in the half.

TSU outscored CSF 9-3 over the next four minutes to go up 31-17 before going into halftime leading 31-17.

Four empty possessions and five quick points from the opponent led to Fullerton cutting the deficit down to, 36-26, with less than two minutes ticked off the clock in the second half.

TSU finally scored its first bucket of the half at the 15:40 mark when Jasmin Shuler found Destiney Gaston under the basket.  

TSU was leading 40-30 when both teams went on a four-minute scoring drought. Rachel Allen snapped the skid for the Lady Tigers with a pull-up at the free-throw line to make the score 42-30 at the 10:48 mark.

A steal and another bucket from Rachel Allen made TSU's lead 44-30 before Fullerton used four straight points to pull within 10.

The Titans cut the deficit to single digits, 47-39, with 6:16 left in the game but back-to-back triples from Jasmin Shuler put TSU back on top, 53-41.

The Titans closed to within 10 once again at the 2:32 mark but the Lady Tigers were able to keep them at bay.

Tennessee State finished the game shooting 22-of-60 (36.7percent) from the field, including 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) from three-point range. TSU knocked down 68.4 percent (13-of-19) from the free-throw line.

The Lady Tigers won the battle of the boards, 56-39 and also held the advantage in assists, 13-7.

Next, the Lady Tigers will make the short trip to face the University of Memphis on Thursday, Dec. 1. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in Elma Roane Field House.