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Lady Tigers return home to face Florida A&M
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Lady Tigers return home to face Florida A&M

Tennessee State will return to its home court after two consecutive road games with a non-conference match-up with Florida A&M on Thursday night in the Gentry Center. Game time is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.

Tennessee State (4-7) is coming off its worst loss of the season, dropping a 94-53 decision to Middle Tennessee on the road Sunday afternoon. TSU committed a season-high 27 turnovers and yielded 36 points off of those miscues. The Lady Tigers have now dropped two straight and are 0-5 on the road.

As a team, TSU is averaging 63.1 points per outing while shooting 36.7 percent from the field and 29.0 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently shooting only 59.6 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 19.9 turnovers per game.

TSU averages 40.4 rebounds, 12.8 assists and 19.9 turnovers per game.

Tennessee State was trailing 7-5 when its opponent used a 10-0 run to spark a rally that eventually stretched the lead to 47-28 at halftime. TSU never recovered and went on to fall, 94-53, to Middle Tennessee. Tayla Foster was the only Lady Tiger that was able to score in double figures with 16 points. Jasmin Shuler and Kim Haynes chipped in nine points for TSU. MTSU scored 36 points off 27 TSU turnovers.

Florida A&M (6-5) has won five of its last six contests including three straight with victories over Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State at the Southeastern Christmas Classic last weekend and a win over OVC member Austin Peay on Tuesday.

In FAMU's most recent win over Austin Peay, Antonia Bennett led the team in scoring with 25 points to go with 14 rebounds, five steals and five assists. Tameka McKelton added in 23 points for FAMU while Kimberly Sparkman and Qiana Donald each added 14 points to round out the double-figure scorers. The Lady Rattlers built up an 18-point lead in the first half and held off a late APSU run to come away with an 86-77  win on the road.

Overall, the Lady Rattlers average 72.5 points per game behind a .404 field goal percentage. Antonia Bennett (19.3 ppg), Tameka McKelton (14.2 ppg), Quiana Donald (12.7 ppg) and Kimberly Sparkman (12.3 ppg) lead the team in scoring while Donald (9.5 rpg) and Bennett (9.4 rpg) pace the Lady Rattlers in rebounding.

Tennessee State and Florida A&M will meet for the ninth time in the two program's history as TSU holds a 6-2 lead over the Lady Rattlers. In the last meeting between the two teams, TSU defeated FAMU 76-69 during the 2000-01 season. FAMU's last win over TSU was in the 1980-81 season (79-73).

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Jasmin Shuler leads TSU in scoring with 14.6 ppg while Destiney Gaston (8.5 ppg), Tayla Foster (8.5 ppg) and Kesi Hess (7.0 ppg) round out the top four scorers for the Lady Tigers. Gaston is pulling down a team-best 4.5 rebounds per game while Foster averages 4.0 caroms per outing. Rachel Allen leads the team in assists while Gaston also paces TSU with 16 blocks.