|January 25, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||SIUEW||TSU|
|FG Percentage||.547 (35-64)||.382 (26-68)|
|3P FG Percentage||.556 (5-9)||.467 (7-15)|
|FT Percentage||.722 (13-18)||.810 (17-21)|
WOOTEN - 2
GRIFFIN - 2
Final Score: Tennessee State 76 – SIU Edwardsville 88
Records: TSU (3-15,1-8 OVC) – SIU Edwardsville (11-9, 8-1 OVC)
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Nashville, Tenn. --- In front of a crowd of 2,137 the Tennessee State women’s basketball team battled SIU Edwardsville the entire day but ultimately fell to the OVC’s second place team, 88-76, Thursday afternoon in the Gentry Center.
The Lady Tigers (3-15, 1-8) gave students from Metro Schools a high-energy contest but could not pull off with victory against SIUE (11-9, 8-1 OVC). More than 1,400 MNPS students attended the game as a part of the annual TSU Metro Kid's Day, sponsored by McDonald's Corporation of Middle Tennessee.
Tia Wooten posted her 7th double-double of the season with 29 points and 11 rebounds while Taylor Roberts came off the bench to score 15. Maxine Beard registered 11 points and eight assists in the contest.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Tia Wooten – 29
- Rebounds: Tia Wooten - 11
- Assists: Maxine Beard - 8
- Taylor Roberts (15) and Maxine Beard (11) also scored in double-digits.
- TSU shot 46.7 percent from three-point range.
- SIUE held the advantage in points in the paint, 50-28, and bench points, 26-21.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The game began with high energy from both teams.
- TSU shot 60 percent from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range in the first quarter to take a 21-20 lead.
- SIUE outscored TSU 21-17 in the second frame to make the score 41-39 in the Cougars’ favor at halftime.
- The third quarter saw the visiting team use a 10-2 run to take a 51-41 lead.
- TSU had been outscored 13-3 at the media timeout and trailed, 54-42.
- The Lady Tigers continued to fight and rallied to cut the deficit down to four, 60-56 late in the third period.
- SIUE was up, 65-58, heading into the final stanza.
- The Cougars stretched the advantage to 80-67 with just over three minutes remaining.
- TSU managed to cut the deficit down to single digits behind a 5-0 spurt but that would be as close as the Lady Tigers would get.
- TSU shot 60 percent from the field in the opening quarter.
- TSU dropped its fifth straight contest.
- TSU Wooten scored in double-digits for the 18th consecutive game.
- Wooten posted her 7th double-double of the season.
- Kaliya Griffin made three three-pointers in the game.
- Maxine Beard’s eight assists was a career-high.
Head Coach Jessica Kern
“I have to say this. I am extremely proud of my team tonight. Again, the stat line doesn’t reflect it, but we are in the top five major statistical categories in this conference. We had a season low with 11 turnovers, three players in double-digits, one just shy away, lost the battle on the rebounds. But, if you’re looking at the stat line, we’re 46 percent from the three, 86 from the free-throw line – we’re doing the right stuff. We’re doing the right stuff, so we’re encouraged about going into Saturday. How great was our fan turnout with all those babies in the crowd today. It’s always great to see them having a good time. It’s not a moral victory, but we played extremely well.”
-Overview of the game
“Each game we’ve chipped away, 14, 13, 12 and now 11, which is great. Hats off to my guard play. My guards are being patient with the basketball. We shot 68 times today, which is too much, but some of those were point-blank layups. We have an accountability board. When we go in there, my assistants will put up how many missed layups, and the girls hold ourselves accountable. We lacked a little in depth tonight, because they’re really long and physical, so we had to scheme a lot offensively and defensively.”
-On season-low turnovers
“She should be front runner for player of the year, which is very difficult when you have a losing record, but what people do not see are the extra hours in the gym and leading in the locker room. I trusted my pre-game speeches, but my captains and my redshirts have asked to take that over – which is more of an emotional plea. We’re great on and off the court as a team. People don’t see the bonding we do off the court. We’re the team that no one wants to play, if we make it to that tournament because we’re just there. Once it turns on, second half of the season is where it’s going to be.”
-On Tia Wooten and team chemistry
- TSU concludes its four-game home stand with a match-up against Eastern Illinois. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.