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Lady Tigers win second straight with victory over Cumberland
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Lady Tigers win second straight with victory over Cumberland

Nashville, Tenn.--- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team won its second straight with a, 78-48, victory over Cumberland University Saturday night in the Gentry Center.

Jasmin Shuler led TSU (2-2) in scoring with 20 points while Tayla Foster tallied 13 points and led the Lady Tigers with six rebounds. Kesi Hess knocked down 4-of-9 from three-point range and finished the game with 12 points.

Jessica Pace was the only Cumberland (1-5) player to post double-digits with 10 points and nine rebounds.

TSU shot a scorching 50.8 percent (33-of-65) from the field, including 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from three-point range. The Lady Tigers held the Bulldogs to just 36.7 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from long distance.

The Lady Tigers held the advantage in rebounds, 40-32, assists, 20-8 and steals, 13-8. Additionally, TSU only committed 13 turnovers in the contest while CU registered 23.

The opening minutes were low scoring for both teams as TSU led, 9-8, at the second media timeout. TSU went ahead, 14-10, when Rachel Allen nailed a three-pointer at the 8:16 mark. On the Lady Tiger's next trip down the floor Destiney Gaston connected in the paint to spark an 8-0 rally that put TSU on top, 22-10, and forced a Cumberland timeout.

With 3:41 remaining in the half, Jasmin Shuler nailed a triple from the top of the key to ignite a 12-4 run that put TSU on top, 38-20, at the break.

A couple of empty possessions by the Lady Tigers led to the Bulldogs cutting the deficit down to 15 early in the second half. Eight unanswered points from the Lady Tigers, however, made the score 48-25 in favor of the home team.

TSU stretched the advantage to 68-38 with eight minutes left before cruising to the 78-48 victory.

The Lady Tigers will conclude their three-game home stand on Tuesday, Nov. 22 when they host Southern Illinois. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.