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January 20, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Murray State2521251485
Tennessee State2412211673
Stats at a GlanceMURWBBTSU
FG Percentage.456 (26-57) .349 (22-63)
3P FG Percentage.364 (4-11) .333 (5-15)
FT Percentage.763 (29-38) .828 (24-29)
Offensive Rebounds1613
Defensive Rebounds3017
Total Rebounds4630
Bench Points2914
PointsJames - 22
ReboundsCrane - 15
AssistsJames - 5
StealsBorders - 2
BlocksCrane - 2
James - 2
Bethea - 2
Lady Tigers Come Up Short Against Racers
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Lady Tigers Come Up Short Against Racers
Kaliya Griffin had 17 points vs Murray State | Photo by Sam Jordan.


Final Score: Tennessee State 73 – Murray State 85
Records: TSU (3-14,1-7 OVC) – Murray State (7-12, 3-5 OVC)
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.

Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team dropped an, 85-73, decision to Murray State Saturday night in the Gentry Center.

A slow second quarter proved to be the difference for TSU (3-14, 1-7 OVC) as Murray State improved to 7-12, 3-5 OVC.

Tia Wooten paced the Lady Tiger offense with 28 points to go with 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Kaliya Griffin knocked down five triples and finished with 17 points while Taylor Roberts chipped in 14 points.


  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Tia Wooten – 28
    • Rebounds: Tia Wooten - 10
    • Assists: Maxine Beard - 4
  • TSU shot 56.3 percent from the field in the first quarter.
  • Kaliya Griffin went 5-of-9 from three-point range and finished with 17 points.
  • Taylor Roberts added 14 points off the bench.
  • The game had five ties and six lead changes.


  • Both teams shot better than 50 percent in a closely contested first quarter.
  • The score was 25-24 in favor of Murray State heading into the second period.
  • In the second frame, TSU was trailing 31-26 when a 5-0 spurt capped by a Kaliya Griffin three-pointer tied the game at 31-all.
  • Murray State built a, 46-36, lead at the break after outscoring TSU 13-4 to close out the quarter.
  • TSU scored the first five points of the third quarter but MSU responded with a rally to move ahead a 57-43.
  • The Lady Tigers continued to battle but fell behind, 66-51, late in the third.
  • With 4:17 remaining in the game, TSU was down, 77-63, and was not able to recover.


  • Tia Wooten went 5-of-5 from the field in the first quarter.
  • TSU was outscored 21-12 in the second quarter.
  • TSU dropped its fourth straight contest.
  • TSU Wooten scored in double-digits for the 17th consecutive game.
  • Wooten posted her sixth double-double of the season.
  • Kaliya Griffin matched her career-high in made three-pointers with five.

Head Coach Jessica Kern

“A lot of effort tonight. A lot of energy exuded. Unfortunately, we fell short. But again, we have three players in double digits, and one just shy - which is great. It was fun tonight to watch two players go at it, and I think Tia Wooten handled herself very well tonight.”
-Overview of game

“When you have a player shooting sometimes 70-80 percent of their shots, you want to spread the floor and make other players factors, but the real side of that is you want to make sure you always want to know where she is. Unfortunately, you just couldn’t one-on-one it, which is usually our bread and butter. But we pulled it back a bit, and tried to keep things in the half court. For us 45 to 55 shots max is what we need to do offensively. Games we shoot over that, we’re not very successful. We shot 63 tonight, which is poor decision making for us. We tried to slow the game down, but in the third and the fourth, when you’re behind, you have to go back to what you do.
-On Murray’s Ke’Shunan James

“We tried to scheme a little bit on the backside. Kaliya Griffin, I have to say this, 17 points for her. She really came back and defended pretty well tonight. I’m very happy to see that out of her. 13 is a new season low for turnovers for us.”
-On defense

“Last game I was very disappointed in our overall effort and toughness. That’s one thing I haven’t questioned all year. I had someone last week come to me and say, ’Tia is a competitor,” and I said, ‘No. She’s a fighter.’ Tia is the definition of a fighter. You hit me and we hit back. We get down, and I’m getting back up. For her she’s learning to channel her emotions. Believe it or not, it’s transferring to the freshman.
-On difference in effort


  • TSU returns to action next Thursday, Jan. 25 against SIUE at home. Game time is set for 11 a.m. in the Gentry Center on Metro Schools Kid's Day.