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November 30, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State Lady Tigers138131448
South Alabama2016151970
Stats at a GlanceTSUUSA
FG Percentage.357 (20-56) .386 (22-57)
3P FG Percentage.364 (4-11) .333 (12-36)
FT Percentage.235 (4-17) .667 (14-21)
Offensive Rebounds915
Defensive Rebounds2435
Total Rebounds3350
Bench Points1918
Kines - 21
ReboundsPURVIS - 6
Lewis - 10
AssistsYOUNG - 3
Kines - 5
Kines - 2
Jones - 2
KENT - 1
Jones - 2
TSU Drops Road Contest to South Alabama
Saturday, November 30, 2019
TSU Drops Road Contest to South Alabama
Photo by Brad McPherson, South Alabama Strategic Communications


Final Score: Tennessee State 48 – South Alabama 70
Records: TSU (1-5) – South Alabama (3-4)
Venue: Mitchell Center
Location: Mobile, Ala.

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team fell to South Alabama, 70-48, Saturday afternoon in the Mitchell Center.

Untimely scoring droughts led to the Lady Tigers falling behind by double-digits at halftime. Despite a good start to the third quarter and nearly matching the Jaguars in scoring the last two periods, TSU was unable to get back into the game.

Tennessee State (1-4) was led in scoring by Deaja Richardson. The freshman tallied a career-best 17 points and six steals in the contest.

TSU finished the game shooting 35.7 percent from the field, including 36.4 percent from three-point range.

USA (3-4) had three players to score in double-figures and won the battle of the boards, 50-33.


  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Deaja Richardson – 17
    • Rebounds: Keniece Purvis – 6
    • Assists: Jazmine Young – 3
    • Steals: Deaja Richardson - 6
  • TSU had 15 steals in the contest.


  • Deaja Richardson got the game started with a three-pointer before another triple put Tennessee State on top, 6-2.
  • South Alabama pulled even and, from there, the teams traded buckets.
  • TSU fell behind, 14-11, at the 3:20 mark and trailed, 20-13 at the end of the first quarter.
  • The Lady Tigers held the Jaguars scoreless in through the opening four minutes of the second period but couldn’t take advantage of the disparity.
  • TSU cut the deficit down to, 20-17, during that timeframe but a three-pointer by the opponent ended the drought and sparked a momentum shifting 14-2 run.
  • USA led, 36-21, at the half.
  • The Lady Tigers came out reenergized in the third frame.
  • Eight unanswered points by the road team cut USA’s lead down to single digits with 6:40 on the clock.
  • The Jaguars, however, responded with a 13-0 run to regain a double-digit cushion.
  • Deaja Richardson knocked down her third three-pointer of the game to end TSU’s six-minute scoring drought but USA had stretched its advantage to, 51-34, heading into the final stanza.
  • Buckets from Jaden Wrightsell and Megan Kent gave TSU the first four points of the fourth quarter but South Alabama remained in control of the game.
  • In the fourth quarter, TSU continued to fight but the deficit was too much to overcome.


  • USA leads the all-time series 4-1.
  • USA has won three in a row.
  • Deaja Richardson led TSU in scoring for the second consecutive game.
  • TSU held the advantage in bench points, 19-18.
  • Jaden Wrightsell saw her first action since the Tennessee game.


  • Tennessee State will return to action on Sunday, December 8 against Lipscomb. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in Gentry Center.