December 15, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Lipscomb1516171664
Tennessee State1616152471
Stats at a GlanceLIPWBBTSU
FG Percentage.410 (25-61) .446 (25-56)
3P FG Percentage.280 (7-25) .364 (8-22)
FT Percentage.875 (7-8) .765 (13-17)
Offensive Rebounds712
Defensive Rebounds2030
Total Rebounds2742
Turnovers1620
Steals137
Bench Points1125
LeadersLIPWBBTSU
PointsCAGLE - 13
ROBERTS - 18
ReboundsRAU - 5
SIMS - 11
AssistsCAGLE - 4
BEARD - 7
StealsCAGLE - 5
ROBERTS - 2
WOOTEN - 2
BlocksKMEC - 1
JONES - 1
WOOTEN - 2
Lady Tigers Finish Strong in Win Over Lipscomb
Friday, December 15, 2017
Lady Tigers Finish Strong in Win Over Lipscomb
Head coach Jessica Kern talks to Kaliya Griffin | Photo by Sam Jordan

FINAL BOX | PHOTO GALLERY

Final Score: Tennessee State 71 – Lipscomb 64
Records: TSU (2-6) – Lipscomb (2-9)
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team had a strong fourth quarter in a, 71-64, win over Lipscomb Friday night in the Gentry Center.

After battling through the first three quarters, Tennessee State outscored Lipscomb, 24-16, to pull away down the stretch.

TSU (2-6) won its second consecutive game at home while Lipscomb fell to 2-9 on the season.

Taylor Roberts led TSU with 18 points to go with eight rebounds while Tia Wooten scored 16. Kaliya Griffin finished with 13 points while Asia Sims pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds.

Lipscomb had four players score in double-digits but lost the battle of the boards, 42-27.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Taylor Roberts – 18
    • Rebounds: Asia Sims - 11
    • Assists: Maxine Beard - 7
    • Steals: Tia Wooten and Taylor Roberts – 2
  • Tia Wooten had 16 points and seven rebounds.
  • Kaliya Griffin made three triples and tallied 13 points.
  • Taylor Williams registered connected from long range three times.
  • TSU outrebounded Lipscomb, 42-27.
  • TSU shot 44.6 percent from the field including 36.4 percent from three-point range.
  • The Lady Tigers made 13-of-17 free-throws 76.5 percent.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • TSU was up 12-7 when Lipscomb used an 8-0 run to take the lead.
  • The Lady Tigers scored the final four points of the quarter to capture a brief lead but the Lady Bisons used another 7-0 spurt to reclaim the advantage.
  • Back-to-back plays from Taylor Roberts and Tia Wooten sparked a rally pulled TSU even and from there, the teams traded buckets.
  • The score was 32-31 in favor of TSU at the break.
  • Lipscomb opened the second half by outscoring TSU, 9-2 but the Lady Tigers answered with a spurt of their own.
  • With 1:03 remaining, Asia Sims buried a timely three-pointer to give TSU a 69-64 lead.
  • Taylor Roberts went to the line with 28 seconds remaining and made two free-throws to move the Lady Tigers ahead, 71-64.

GAME NOTES

  • TSU improved to 22-4 in the series history versus Lipscomb
  • Tia Wooten scored in double-digits for the 8th consecutive game
  • TSU won its second consecutive home game
  • TSU extended its winning streak over Lipscomb to four games

QUOTES

Head Coach Jessica Kern

“I can accept shots not falling. That I can do. What I can’t accept is lack of discipline defensively. That’s just who we are. We’re not a high volume shooting team, and when we defend, we go for layups. When we don’t defend, we go down 8. So i my staff I have to get them out of the locker room earlier, I’m going to coach coach coach until you pull me off. We were slow starting the third.”
-On the second half, in a huddle when the team is down by 8

“We’re getting some leaders. Kaliya Griffin - it’s nice to see her lead. Tia Wooten - she’s becoming a vocal leader. She was guarding a guard tonight, when she’s usually guarding a post. Asia Sims - little, big man. Getting in there for 11 rebounds. We’re fiesty. We’ve got a really feisty spirit. I keep saying we’re battle tested, and it's nice to see us grow.”
-On tonight's leaders

“Shooters. Asia, Kaliya and Taylor Williams. They are shooting the ball. Taylor Williams came off of a fantastic game against Louisville. She’s shooting with a sense of confidence. We’re putting Kaliya on ball, and putting her on ball makes her a little more active, and I think it’s showing when she’s shooting the basketball. She came out shooting very well. Asia has been in a slump. I told her, 'If you defend, eventually your shots will go.' For us, 8-of-22, which is probably better than we’ve shot this year, which is really good.”
-On 3’s down the stretch

“She’s a bullet. We threw several different presses at her, but we just wanted to keep the ball out front, and make it uncomfortable. Down the stretch, we started to make it a little more uncomfortable and got them away from what they do. They’re a long-ball shooting team. We’re an inside-out shooting team.”
-On Lipscomb’s Cagle

“I think this is crazy, and We’re always fighting and want more. We’re going to look at 20 turnovers, and go ’ugh. Fifty rebounds was our goal, we are at 42. We hit our free-throw goal which is great for us. Bench points - that’s becoming big for us. They’re going to want to get better. Tomorrow is an active recovery day for us. We do non-basketball things,we go to church, food and fellowship on Sunday and then we’re back at it.”
-On what’s next


UP NEXT

  • TSU returns to action on Dec. 21 versus Marshall. Game time is set for 6 p.m. in Gentry Center.

 

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