A Minor Setback For A Major Comeback

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: November 17, 2008

HOUSTON — The lights might have went out on the TSU campus last Wednesday, but the minor setback of no lights and having to move their home-opener to another location didn’t stop the Lady Tigers and new head coach Yolanda Wells-Broughton from getting their first victory of the 2008-2009 season.

Led behind guards Camille Parks and freshman Jasmine Cannon, the minor setback, kept them poised for a major comeback as they started a new era of Lady Tiger Basketball as Texas Southern captured a 51-39 season opening victory over the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns at Delmar Fieldhouse.

“The first win of the regular season feels awesome,” TSU women’s head coach Yolanda Wells-Brougton said. “I am really proud of our players. We went through a lot of changes this week having to practice at Yates High School and later having to move our home opener to Delmar Fieldhouse.”

“This game revealed our character and poise, which will be important factors as we go throughout the season.”

TSU,1-0, held the Ragin Cajuns to 14-of-49 shooting and pressured them into committing 28 turnovers. Parks and Cannon led the Lady Tigers with 12 points each. Junior guard Trikeyia East had 9 rebounds and JUCO forward transfer Inisha Daugtry added three key blocks late in the second half to seal the victory.

The Lady Tigers trailed 21-19 at halftime, but turned things around in the second half by outscoring Louisiana-Lafayette 32-10. Cannon, scored 10 of her game-high 12 points in the second half.

“In the first half I was a little shaky,” guard Jasmine Cannon said. “But in the second half, I just knew that I had to go out and play my hardest for the team. I just gave it my all and we all came together and got the win.”

Due to a power outage at Texas Southern earlier in the week, the Lady Tigers had to practice at a local area high school. The game was originally scheduled to be played at the Health and Physical Education Arena on the campus of TSU.

“It was a minor setback for a major comeback,” Wells-Broughton said. “I am so proud of my players. With the adversity they were faced with, it revealed their true character.”

The Lady Tigers will take to the road this week with games at Texas A & M Corpus Christi, Lamar, and LSU. TSU will play a home-road game when they face cross-town rival Houston on December 5th.

TSU will return home next month to face Texas-Pan American on Thursday, December 18th at 12 noon and Sam Houston State on Saturday, December 20th at 2:00 p.m. The Lady Tigers will host “Middle School Day” at the Texas-Pan American game.

The team is also sponsoring a “Get on the Bus” trip when the Lady Tigers travel to Prairie View A&M on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. For further information, contact Coach Stinson in the women’s basketball office at 713-313-1951.