Courtesy of Tennessee State Athletics
The Tigers (1-0) had two players score in double figures, led by Eboni Williams, who had 15 points and four steals. Aaniya Webb added 14 points off of the bench and Lyric Cole added four points, nine rebounds, and three steals.
Cole pulled down four offensive rebounds to pace an offense that racked up second-chance opportunities for Tennessee State, grabbing 12 boards and turning them into five second-chance points.
How It Happened
Tennessee State started out the scoring by going on a 7-0 run to take an early lead with 7:23 left in the first quarter. The Tigers then lost some of that lead, but still entered the quarter break with a 12-6 advantage. Tennessee State capitalized on 10 Wilberforce turnovers in the period, turning them into seven points on the other end of the floor.
Tennessee State kept its first-quarter lead intact before going on an 8-0 run starting at the 4:30 mark in the second period, highlighted by a bucket from Caitlin Anderson, to increase its lead to 24-13. The Tigers kept that lead for the remainder of the period and enjoyed a 27-16 advantage heading into halftime. Tennessee State was strong from deep in the period, knocking down two three-point shots to account for six of its 15 points.
After intermission, Tennessee State held on to its advantage and owned a 45-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Tennessee State took advantage of eight Wilberforce turnovers in the quarter, scoring five points from takeaways.
Tennessee State kept its lead intact before going on a 6-0 run, finished by Williams’ layup, to grow the lead to 51-38 with 5:25 to go in the contest. The Bulldogs narrowed the margin somewhat before the game was over, but the Tigers still cruised the rest of the way for the 53-47 win. Tennessee State took advantage of its opportunities in the post, scoring six of its eight points in the paint.
» The Tigers held the Bulldogs to only 38.6 percent shooting from the field.
» The Tigers never trailed after taking a 12-6 first-quarter lead.
» The Tennessee State bench made an impact by adding 23 points to its scoring output.
» Tennessee State had a 35-34 edge on the boards in the win.
» The Tennessee State defense forced 36 turnovers.
» Tennessee State cleaned up on the offensive glass, collecting 12 offensive boards in the game.
» Eboni Williams led the Tigers with 15 points.
» Tennessee State got a game-high nine rebounds from Lyric Cole.
The Tigers will be back in action on Friday afternoon as they are set to travel to North Carolina to take on Charlotte.