Monday, November 21, 2016

Texas Southern Lady Tigers power past Texas State 66-53

SAN MARCOS. Texas – The Lady Tigers of Texas Southern returned to their winning ways Sunday as the put away Texas State by a score of 66-53.
Joyce Kennerson scored a game-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead the Lady Tigers, who are 2-1 to start the season for the first time since 2013.
Kaitlyn Palmer scored 15 points to TSU, followed by Breasia McElrath and Chynna Ewing, who scored nine points apiece. Ewing also handed out six assists for the Lady Tigers.
Toshua Leavitt scored 11 points to lead Texas State; the Bobcats fell to 2-2 with the loss.
The Lady Tigers pulled away from their hosts for good by scoring eight unanswered points between the 6:25 and 2:19 marks of the third quarter. After Leavitt knocked down a 3-pointer to cut TSU's lead to 39-38, Kennerson answered with a layup with time winding down on the shot clock to spark the run.
With a 51-42 advantage to start the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers continued to pull away from Texas State. A layup by Nycolle Smith gave TSU its largest lead of the game at 60-44 with 5:28 left to play in the fourth period, and Texas State was unable to get closer than nine points the rest of the way. 


  • The Lady Tigers have won multiple games over schools with FBS-level football teams for the second year in a row. They accomplished the feat last year with wins at Rice and UTSA on either side of the Christmas break.

  • Texas Southern improved to 7-6 all-time over Texas State. The Lady Tigers last win in the series came in Houston in 2009.

  • The win at Texas State came 37 years and one day after TSU's last true road win at San Marcos; the Lady Tigers defeated what was then known as Southwest Texas State 103-74 on Nov. 19, 1979.

  • The Lady Tigers shot better than 50 percent from the floor for the first time this season, making 27 out of their 53 field goal attempts (51 percent).

  • TSU shot 50 percent from the 3-point circle in the game, going 5-of-10. Palmer was 3-of-5 from long range, while Kennerson was 2-of-5.

  • Ewing made four out of her five field goal attempts, while McElrath was 4-for-6.

  • TSU held Texas State to 36 percent shooting (22 of 61) from the floor.

The Lady Tigers will play their next two games in the Caribbean as they take part in the Puerto Rico Clasico in San Juan. They will face Puerto Rico–Bayamón on Wednesday, and then will face Presbyterian College (S.C.) on Friday. UPRB is affiliated with the NCAA's Division II, while Presbyterian is a Division I program that competes in the Big South Conference.


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