November 22, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Ball State1724242085
TSU Lady Tigers1313172265
Stats at a GlanceBALLSTWBTSU
FG Percentage.508 (31-61) .353 (24-68)
3P FG Percentage.550 (11-20) .238 (5-21)
FT Percentage.750 (12-16) .632 (12-19)
Offensive Rebounds1015
Defensive Rebounds3222
Total Rebounds4237
Bench Points3411
PointsFRAZIER - 20
ReboundsMONACO - 8
AssistsGRANDE - 8
StealsMONACO - 3
BlocksMONACO - 3
Lady Tigers Fall to Cardinals at Home
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Lady Tigers Fall to Cardinals at Home
Taylor Roberts tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds versus Ball State | Photo by Sam Jordan


Final Score: Tennessee State – 65 Ball State - 85
Records: TSU (0-3) Ball State (5-0)
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team fell to Ball State, 85-65, Wednesday afternoon in Gentry Center.

TSU fell to 0-3 on the season while BSU remained undefeated (5-0).

Freshman Taylor Roberts led TSU with 20 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double while Tia Wooten scored 12. Asia Sims scored a career-high 10 points for the Lady Tigers.

Tennessee State was outscored in all except the fourth quarter.

- The game was tied when Ball State used an 8-0 run to create some distance.
- TSU used a 6-0 spurt to close the gap but the visitors outscored the Lady Tigers 11-2 to move ahead by double-digits.
- At the half, TSU trailed BSU, 41-26.
- The Lady Tigers opened the second half with a 7-2 run to cut the deficit down to 10 but the Cardinals managed to build a 20-point advantage just before the third period ended.
- TSU continued to fight but could not overcome the deficit.

- TSU Leader – Points: Taylor Roberts - 20
- TSU Leader – Rebounds: Taylor Roberts - 10
- TSU Leader – Assists: Maxine Beard - 7
- TSU Leader – Steals: Taylor Roberts – 3
- TSU committed a season-low 16 turnovers and forced 18 miscues by the opponent.

Head Coach Jessica Kern

“First of all, Ball State is a seasoned team, and obviously you can see that. They share the ball pretty well. We knew that this was going to be a fight coming in, but there’s a silver lining in every game. We are extremely young, but as I’ve told my team, that’s not an excuse. We strap up like everybody else. Good stuff came out of tonight. Again our second quarter sort of hurt us going into halftime, but I’ve got three players this game in double figures. We get one more and we’re doing some things.”

  • Thoughts on the game 

“When we took this program over, we knew we were number one changing our mentality and changing the type of way that we play. We’re a hit-first team. That’s just who we are. This is our lowest turnover total for the season, so I’m pretty happy with that. Our freshmen here, you can’t really get a chance to be a freshman because we’re rotating 10 now. We’re banged up now, we’ve got some kids who are out with injury, but my freshmen contributed.”

  • On the positives from the game 

“We work very strategically on rebounding on the offensive end, simply because we have so many ‘tweeners’ that we’re able to slip in there a lot, which is great. We have to work on finishing with contact. Not every push and touch is a foul. So we have to work on finishing in traffic.”

  • On competing on the glass 

- Lady Tigers are now 1-1 versus Ball State
- Tia Wooten scored in double-digits for the third consecutive game and for the 25th time in her career.
- Freshman Taylor Roberts scored a new career high with 20 points
- Roberts has scored double-digit points in the first three games of her career
- Asia Sims scored a career-high 10 points
- TSU scored under 75 points for the first time this season
- Maxine Beard turned in a career-high seven assists

Tennessee State will conclude its home stand on Monday, Nov. 27 with a contest against Troy. Game time is set for 6 p.m. in Gentry Center.