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Women's basketball prepares to host South Alabama
Friday, December 2, 2011
Women's basketball prepares to host South Alabama

After three straight road games, the Tennessee State University women's basketball team will return home to host Sun Belt member the University of South Alabama on Saturday. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. in the Gentry Center.  

Tennessee State (3-5) is coming off an 88-64 loss to Memphis on Thursday night at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Lady Tigers have now dropped three of their last four contests. TSU won two straight before falling to Southern Illinois and Fresno State. TSU bounced back to defeat Cal State Fullerton, 61-48, before its most recent loss to Memphis.

As a team, TSU is averaging 65.5 points per outing while shooting 37.9 percent from the field and 27.2 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently shooting only 59.4 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 19.1 turnovers per game.

Tennessee State trailed from start to finish on the way to an 88-64  loss to the University of Memphis Thursday night. Memphis jumped out to a 9-0 lead within two minutes of the tip and never trailed again.  Destiney Gaston came off the bench to lead TSU with 20 points to go with eight rebounds while Jasmin Shuler added 15. Kesi Hess scored 13 points while Simone Hopes hauled in 10 rebounds.

South Alabama (5-2) had won three straight games before suffering a 63-47 loss to Mississippi State on Wednesday. Mansa El led the Jaguars with 16 points while Sarda Peterson added 13. USA shot a season-low 21.5 percent from the field versus the Bulldogs and the 47 points were the second fewest recorded by the Jaguars this season.

As a team, USA is averaging 59.6 points per game behind a .312 shooting percentage.  Camile Reynolds leads the team with 12.7 ppg while Mansa El averages 9.3 ppg.

Tennessee State and South Alabama will meet for only the second time in the two program's history as USA holds a 1-0 series advantage. The Jaguars claimed the first meeting 71-62 over the Lady Tigers. (12/2/89).

TSU dropped a 71-62 decision to USA at Lady Tiger invitational hosted by Memphis State.

After shooting 22.5 percent in the first half, the Lady Tigers shot much better over the final 20 minutes of play as they hit 45.5 percent of their attempts in the second half and 34.4 percent for the game.

The Lady Jags built a 34-21 advantage at the half and held on in the second period of play as the Lady Tigers out scored USA 41-37.

TSU had three players in double figures, led by Cynthia Hicks' 16 points. Ann Thomas also added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Tina Gillery had a double-double of her own with 15 points and 11 boards.

Jasmin Shuler is leading the Lady Tigers in scoring with 16.8 points per game while Destiney Gaston (9.8 ppg)  and Tayla Foster (8.5 ppg) round out the top three scorers for TSU. Gaston and Chelsea Hudson are leading the team with 4.6 rpg.

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