Final Score: Tennessee State 62 – Southeast Missouri 59
Records: TSU (3-19, 3-7 OVC) – SEMO (10-11, 5-5 OVC)
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team put together a solid four quarters of basketball to knock off Southeast Missouri, 62-59, Saturday night in the Gentry Center.
Tennessee State (3-19, 3-7 OVC) trailed for about four minutes before a 12-0 burst gave the Lady Tigers control of the game. Although Southeast Missouri (10-11, 5-5 OVC) would battle from behind and pull within one on several occasions, TSU never relinquished the lead.
With seconds remaining in the game and TSU holding on to a four-point advantage, the home team got a huge defensive stop and then made two free-throws on the ensuing possession to seal the win.
Cebria Outlow led TSU with 16 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season while Tia Wooten added 14 points and six boards. Jazmine Young came off the bench to score 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
The Redhawks were led by Carrie Shepard’s game-high 20 points as Tesia Thompson registered a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Cebria Outlow – 16
- Rebounds: Cebria Outlow – 10
- Assists: Terrysha Banner - 3
- Steals: Tia Wooten – 4
- TSU held the advantage in paint points (34-20), points off turnovers (24-14) and bench points (32-16).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Tennessee State was trailing 9-8 when the Lady Tigers used an offensive surge to fuel a 12-0 run.
- TSU held SEMO to just two points in the last five and half minutes of the quarter and went into the second period leading, 22-11.
- The Lady Tigers shot 62.5 percent in the opening stanza.
- In the second frame, SEMO outscored TSU 6-2 through the first five minutes of action.
- TSU had missed its last four field goals when Cebria Outlow ended the scoring drought on a putback.
- TSU increased its advantage to 29-20 when Andreana Wrister nailed a triple from the corner but SEMO answered with four straight to make the score 29-24 at halftime.
- TSU’s offensive woes continued in the third and SEMO pulled to within one.
- Cebria Outlow found Jazmine Young in the paint before a Terrysha Banner free-throw gave TSU a 41-36 cushion.
- The Redhawks once again pulled to within one before Cebria Outlow sank a jumper at the buzzer to make the score 43-40 heading into the final quarter.
- In the fourth period, a steal and break away layup by Tia Wooten gave the Lady Tigers a 49-42 lead and forced a SEMO timeout.
- The score was 51-46 in favor of TSU with 4:10 remaining but SEMO hit a three to close to within two.
- Lauren Elliott went to the line and made two free-throws to make the score, 55-51 with 1:23 left.
- After a timely stop on the defensive end, Cebria Outlow hit two freebies to give TSU a 57-51 advantage with 59 seconds remaining.
- SEMO hit a triple on its next possession to make the score, 57-54, with 34.5 seconds on the clock.
- With the ball back to TSU, Tia Wooten drove and scored giving TSU a 59-54 lead with 22.7 remaining.
- SEMO hit two free-throws on the next trip down the floor and then fouled.
- Jaden Wrightsell made one-of-two but TSU got a huge stop on the other end.
- Cebria Outlow came away with the rebound and was fouled. She made two free-throws to seal the win.
- SEMO hit its eighth three-pointer of the game to make the final score, 62-59.
- Cebria Outlow posted her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
- Tia Wooten scored in double-digits for the 14th time this season and for the second consecutive game.
- Jazmine Young recorded double-digits for the fifth time this season. She had 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
- TSU snapped a three-game losing skid to SEMO.
Head Coach Jessica Kern
"These kids are resilient, that’s all I can say. As a coach you tend to look at the season and you micromanage it and look at all the things you could’ve done better, or maybe didn’t do wrong and then you look at the glass half full and you realize if you’re going to make a run at the end you've got to be healthy in February. And we’re healthy and everybody’s back and we have balanced scoring. We’re rebounding, we’re forcing teams to turnover, and so I’m so happy for them."
- Opening thoughts
"First quarter I think defensively we came out very well and again in the second quarter. I’ve said this all year, teams are going to zone us to try and slow us down a little bit, but we defended. So even if we weren’t scoring we were defending."
- TSU will return to action on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Morehead State. Game time is set for 4:05 CT in Johnson Arena.