November 29, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
South Alabama2025181578
TSU Lady Tigers159201256
Stats at a GlanceUSATSU
FG Percentage.525 (31-59) .261 (18-69)
3P FG Percentage.400 (6-15) .200 (5-25)
FT Percentage.667 (10-15) .682 (15-22)
Offensive Rebounds1118
Defensive Rebounds3620
Total Rebounds4738
Turnovers2014
Steals66
Bench Points2316
LeadersUSATSU
PointsKines - 19
WOOTEN - 14
ReboundsLewis - 9
WOOTEN - 7
AssistsTelemaque - 8
ELLIOT - 4
StealsMorrow - 2
ROBERTS - 3
BlocksCenters - 3
Hall - 3
WRISTER - 1
BRONER - 1
TSU Falls to USA in the Home Opener
Thursday, November 29, 2018
TSU Falls to USA in the Home Opener

Final Score: Tennessee State 56 – South Alabama 78
Records: TSU (0-8) – USA (6-0)
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.

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NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team dropped a, 78-56, decision to South Alabama Thursday night in the home opener.

TSU (0-8) had an uphill battle after falling behind by as many as 24 points in the first half. The second quarter, in which the Lady Tigers were outscored 25-9, proved to be the difference. USA (6-0) maintained a double-digit lead the entire second half to remain undefeated.

Tia Wooten led TSU with 14 points while Taylor Roberts added 11.

South Alabama had four players to score in double-digits led by Shaforia Kines’ 19 points.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • TSU Leaders
    • Points: Tia Wooten – 14
    • Rebounds: Tia Wooten - 7
    • Assists: Lauren Elliott - 4
    • Steals: Taylor Roberts - 3

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • TSU was up 9-7 when USA used an 11-0 run to take an 18-9 lead in the first quarter.
  • Following a timeout, Tia Wooten sank a jumper to end TSU’s scoring drought. The bucket sparked a 6-0 run that pulled the Lady Tigers to within three.
  • USA scored at the buzzer to carry a 20-15 lead into the second quarter.
  • In the second period, the Jaguars stretched their advantage to 29-15 after the Lady Tigers went without a point for the first four and half minutes.
  • Terrysha Banner got TSU on the board with a free-throw but USA answered on the other end with a triple to move ahead, 32-16.
  • TSU got outscored 25-9 in the second quarter.
  • The Lady Tigers came out with more energy in the third quarter and outplayed the Jaguars, 15-12, in the opening five minutes.
  • TSU went on to outscore USA, 20-18, in the quarter but went into the final frame trailing, 63-44.

GAME NOTES

  • Taylor Roberts scored at least 20 points for the third straight game.
  • She totaled 69 points during the three-game tournament and was named to the All-Tournament team.
  • Wooten finished with nine points for the third consecutive game.
  • This was the first meeting between TSU and Pitt in the all-time series history.
  • TSU played its fourth consecutive high-major and fourth game in five days. (Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh)

QUOTES
HEAD COACH JESSICA KERN
(opening statement)
I’m definitely going to always say that I’m proud of my kids because they keep showing up. It’s not easy to show up and you’re in the middle of a battle. That’s tough. That’s tough to do. Overall, I think we got some quality minutes out of some players that were pretty efficient for us this evening. But, bottom line, we have to put four quarters together, and we have yet to do that. And when we do, it’ll be fine. But until we do that, we’re learning the hard way. And that’s not fun. But, we’ve got to do better, and we have to do better at executing exactly what we came to do. And we did not do that in the second quarter.

(on Tia’s strong start)
I think she’s a seasoned senior who deserves the respect of  the offense going through her, and then we get ticky tack fouls which slows the momentum. Again, you just cannot continue to do the same thing over and over and not make the adjustments. And this seems to be what we’ve consistently been doing and I told my staff, we’re not getting on the floor tomorrow. We are going to watch film. We are going to own and be accountable for the things that we are not doing. Until we do that, we cannot move onto Louisville or anyone else. We have to fix the things we’re supposed to be good at.

(on Taylor Roberts’ start)
I think Taylor Roberts did start a bit lethargic for whatever reason; she had four points at halftime. When you’re going against larger opponents, one, you take our transition away - It’s like you’re cutting off one of our feet. We’re not getting the ball up, and Taylor gets a lot of her points when people have to scramble in transition, trying to cause a mismatch. They did a very good job. Hats off to South Alabama. They are a very tough team. They’re going to tough as heck in their league, and they’re defensively sound. So, when she had tougher defenders on her, you have to trust that the ball is going to come back to you. You can’t dribble drive it. And I think that’s what she tried to do a lot more in the first half. In the second half, you saw the ball came back to her. She got her baskets on the attack or on the jump shot. I think it’s a part of the learning curve, and again, we’ve seen every kind of basketball over the last couple of days, and we’re going to have to make reads a little better.

UP NEXT

  • TSU hits the road to face No. 5 Louisville on Sunday, Dec.2. Game time is set for 1 p.m. CT in KFC Yum! Center.

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