|February 01, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||MOR-W|
|FG Percentage||.448 (30-67)||.567 (38-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.667 (8-12)||.267 (4-15)|
|FT Percentage||.813 (13-16)||.680 (17-25)|
GRIFFIN - 4
JACKSON - 2
SEWARD - 2
Final Score: Tennessee State 81 – Morehead State 97
Records: TSU (4-16, 2-9 OVC) – MSU (17-7, 8-3 OVC)
Venue: Johnson Arena
Location: Morehead, Ky.
Morehead, Ky. --- The Tennessee State women’s basketball team posted its third-highest point total of the season but it was not enough as the Lady Tigers fell to Morehead State, 97-81, Thursday night in Johnson Arena.
Tia Wooten led the Lady Tiger offense with 27 points and 10 rebounds for her 8th double-double of the season. Kaliya Griffin finished with 13 points while Taylor Roberts (12) and Maxine Beard (11) also reached double-digits.
Morehead State improved to 17-7 overall and 8-3 in the OVC as six players registered double-digits.
TSU (4-16, 2-9) battled in the first half but saw the opponent’s lead grow to 19 in the third period after getting outscored, 32-21, in the period. The Lady Tigers managed to outscore the Eagles in the fourth quarter but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Tia Wooten – 27
- Rebounds: Tia Wooten - 10
- Assists: Maxine Beard – 7
- Steals: Kaliya Griffin and Taylor Roberts - 4
- TSU shot 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from three-point range.
- The Lady Tigers connected on 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) from the free-throw line.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The teams played to a 13-13 tie just before the first media timeout but Morehead State scored six unanswered points out of the break to move ahead, 19-13.
- TSU scored the next four points to make the score, 19-17, in favor of MSU heading into the second quarter.
- The Lady Tigers were down, 25-22, when the Eagles used an 8-2 run to take a 33-24 lead.
- Despite shooting 80 percent (4-of-5) from three-point range in the opening quarters, TSU trailed, 42-34, at halftime.
- TSU scored the first points of the third quarter but MSU answered with six straight and forced a Lady Tiger timeout.
- The Eagles extended their advantage to 61-44 after outscoring the Lady Tigers 19-10 in the period.
- Heading into the final stanza, the home team was on top, 74-55.
- TSU outscored MSU, 26-23, in the final quarter but could not close the gap.
- Tia Wooten scored in double-digits for the 20th consecutive game.
- TSU made eight three-pointers in the game and at least seven in the contest for the third consecutive game.
- Wooten gets a double-double for the 8th time this season.
- Kaliya Griffin posted double-digits for the fourth time in five games.
- Taylor Roberts scored in double-figures for the fourth consecutive game.
- TSU scored 80-plus points for the second straight game.
Head Coach Jessica Kern
“Disappointed in our overall effort. The staff did a very good job of preparing us for this game and we didn’t execute the game plan. We were in the fight in the first half but the third quarter was an Achilles heel for us and, unfortunately, it bit us in the butt down the road.”
- Overall thoughts on the game
“We’re shooting a lot better from the outside which is fantastic. Jaden Wrightsell had a very tough night tonight. Unfortunately, she got some really good looks at the basket… layups that we have to capitalize on. And shooters are making it easier for us because when they’re shooting good from the outside, we get what we want on the inside. Transition defense, however, was very difficult for us. They got it and they got out. We only had nine offensive rebounds tonight and normally our offensive rebounds turn into more offense and we’re able to get set defensively. We weren’t able to do that tonight so we’ll go back to the drawing board. We’re going to work on those thing because always want to win the battle of the boards. We didn’t do that tonight and unfortunately it turned into transition baskets for them.”
- On some of the positives
“This is our season within a season. We know we’re sort of in a dogfight right now to try and make it to Evansville. But trust me, there’s not a single person in that locker room that’s satisfied with tonight. I think we’re hungry. The great part is, when we play games like this, we typically bounce back well. So I’m looking forward to having my team back in high spirits, with good energy going into the next game.”
- On looking forward
- TSU continues its road swing with a contest at Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Feb. 3. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. CT) in McBrayer Arena.