February 17, 20181st2nd3rd4th1OT Final
Eastern Kentucky17141111558
Tennessee State111517101669
Stats at a GlanceEKUWBBTSU
FG Percentage.364 (20-55) .352 (19-54)
3P FG Percentage.364 (4-11) .333 (5-15)
FT Percentage.778 (14-18) .765 (26-34)
Offensive Rebounds1113
Defensive Rebounds2624
Total Rebounds3737
Turnovers2016
Steals78
Bench Points425
LeadersEKUWBBTSU
PointsHAYES - 21
ROBERTS - 23
ReboundsHAYES - 8
WRIGHTSELL - 12
AssistsSOLOMON - 3
GRIFFIN - 3
BEARD - 3
StealsHAYES - 3
WRIGHTSELL - 2
SIMS - 2
BEARD - 2
ROBERTS - 2
BlocksSMITH - 2
WRIGHTSELL - 1
WOOTEN - 1
ROBERTS - 1
Maxine Beard Scores Career-High in Win over EKU on Senior Night
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Maxine Beard Scores Career-High in Win over EKU on Senior Night
Maxine Beard scored 19 points in her final game in Gentry Center. (Photo by Sam Jordan)

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Final Score: Tennessee State 69 – Eastern Kentucky 58 (OT)
Records: TSU (6-19, 4-12 OVC) – EKU (8-17, 5-11 OVC)
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE --- In the final home game of the regular season, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team defeated Eastern Kentucky, 69-58, in overtime Saturday night in the Gentry Center.

With three-minutes left in overtime, the Lady Tigers used a 9-0 run to claim a double-digit lead with less than one minute on the clock. From there, TSU never relinquished the lead. The home team outscored EKU, 16-5, in the extra period.

Senior Maxine Beard, who played in her final home game on TSU’s home court was honored during pregame. She finished the game with a career-high 19 points, three assists and two steals.

Tennessee State (6-19, 4-12 OVC) snapped a three-game skid while Eastern Kentucky (8-17, 5-11 OVC) dropped its second straight contest.

Freshman Taylor Roberts led TSU in scoring with 23 points while redshirt junior Tia Wooten recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Jaden Wrightsell pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds in the contest.

Eastern Kentucky was led in scoring by A’Queen Hayes’ 21 points while Bria Bass added 16.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Taylor Roberts – 23
    • Rebounds: Jaden Wrightsell - 12
    • Assists: Maxine Beard and Kaliya Griffin – 3
  • Maxine Beard (19) and Tia Wooten (19) also registered double-digits.
  • TSU held the advantage in bench points, 25-4, and second chance points, 22-8.
  • There were seven ties and four lead changes in the game.
  • TSU forced EKU into 20 turnovers.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • TSU scored the first six points of the game but EKU answered with eight straight to go ahead.
  • Maxine Beard buried a triple to give a slight lead back to the Lady Tigers but TSU went without a bucket for the remaining 4:15 of the period to go into the second quarter down, 17-11.
  • A three-point play by Taylor Roberts ended TSU’s scoring drought but the Lady Tigers continued to play from behind.
  • TSU trailed 31-26 at the half.
  • In the third stanza, Maxine Beard made her third triple of the game to even the game at 37-all.
  • After outscoring EKU, 17-11, in the third period, TSU managed to grab a 43-42, lead heading into the final stanza.
  • EKU called a timeout when a steal and breakaway layup by Beard put TSU on top, 47-43, with 7:35 remaining.
  • The fourth quarter was a fiercely contested battle.
  • With 17.5 remaining the score was tied, 53-53.
  • TSU was unable to get off a shot and the game went into overtime.
  • Taylor Roberts christened the overtime period with a three-pointer but the Colonels answered on their trip down the floor.
  • Tia Wooten made two free-throws before Maxine Beard drained a triple to give TSU a 61-55 cushion with 1:39 remaining.
  • After an empty possession, EKU was forced to foul.
  • The Lady Tigers made four straight free-throws to capture a 65-55 lead with 43.6 seconds left.
  • TSU held on for the win.

GAME NOTES

  • Tia Wooten scored in double-digits for the 25th consecutive game and posted her 10th double-double of the season.
  • Taylor Roberts scored in double-figures for the 9th consecutive game.
  • With the win, TSU sweeps the season series vs EKU?
  • The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Lady Tigers
  • Head coach Jessica Kern picked up her 6th win at the helm of the TSU program.

QUOTES
Head Coach Jessica Kern

“The turnout was great. There’s a great turnout for our team, great win for Maxine Beard on Senior Day. Career high for her, 19 points for her, 4-for-5 from the 3-point line. More importantly, Max told her story before the game, and how much TSU has changed her life. And the freshman finally understood you’re playing for that name on your jersey, playing for sisters and playing for your institution. It was a fun win tonight.”
-Overview of the game

“We’ve got so many things that have to pan out for us to make the tournament, but God works in crazy ways, and there’s a plan, and we trust that plan. It was a great turnout. I think that’s the best attendance that we’ve had, so that’s the progress that we’ve made. It’s great for alumni to see the progress and students to see the progress. I’m challenging the students to come to the Tennessee Tech game. I’ve already worked it out with SGA to get them there, but we need it to make our last run.”
-On the energy of the team 

“This was a really emotional game. The last time we went there, it went down to the final possession. Here it went down to the final possession. You could see, it was great energy and emotion going back and forth. We’ve been through this so many times this year, when you’re in a huddle and nobody is freaked out, it’s encouraging.”
-On the energy of the game and the huddle

UP NEXT

  • TSU returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Tennessee Tech. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in Eblen Center.

 

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