The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will welcome youth from all of the Davidson County Metro Schools to the Gentry Center as the Lady Tigers host Eastern Kentucky, Monday morning at 11 a.m. in an OVC contest. The game will be TSU’s second in three days. On Monday, Inman will coach against one of his former players, Chrissy Roberts, and a team that he led for twenty years.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State is coming off an, 87-70, win over Morehead State on Saturday. The win improved TSU to 7-13 (4-3 OVC) and gave coach Larry Inman his 500th career win. The victory was TSU’s second straight home win.
TSU is averaging 68.0 points per outing while shooting 36.6 percent from the field. Chelsea Hudson leads the team in scoring with 16.1 points per game while Rachel Allen (12.0 ppg), Alana Morris (7.1 ppg) and Brianna Lawrence (6.7 ppg) round out the top scorers for TSU. TSU is currently tied for second place in the East Division.
The Lady Tigers, under second year head coach Larry Joe Inman, returned four letterwinners from last year’s squad and added eight newcomers, including seven freshmen, to the roster. TSU finished last season with an overall record of 13-15 and a 9-7 conference mark. In an Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll that was released in October, TSU was predicted to finish fifth in the East Division standings.
LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State fell behind early but used a 29-13 scoring run in the last eight minutes of the first half to go ahead, 35-26 at half time. TSU pulled away in the second frame and went on to defeat Morehead State, 87-70, in the Gentry Center. Chelsea Hudson had a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds while Brianna Lawrence had 14. Rachel Allen and Alana Morris each tallied 13 points as Briana Morrow chipped in 11.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Eastern Kentucky (11-6, 5-1 OVC) has won three straight including the most recent victory over Belmont. The Lady Colonels defeated the Bruins, 75-59, in the Curb Event Center on Saturday. EKU is in first place in the East Division.
In the win over Belmont, Marie Carpenter tallied 27 points after knocking down six three-pointers in the game. Shelly Harper and Pilar Walker eached chipped in 12.
Overall, Eastern Kentucky is led in scoring by Marie Carpenter who averages 22.1 points per game. Shelly Harper (11.2 ppg) and Pilar Walker (10.8 ppg) round out the top scorers for EKU.
As a team, the Lady Colonels average, 69.1 points per game while shooting 40.4 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from long range.
TSU vs. EASTERN KENTUCKY
Tennessee State will match-up with Eastern Kentucky for the 52nd time in the series history with EKU holding a, 36-16, advantage. Last season, TSU split with EKU, falling to the Lady Colonels, 62-54, on the road before clipping the opponent, 69-66, in the Gentry Center on Senior Night. TSU had dropped four straight to EKU before picking up the victory last season.
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Live stats and video will also be available for the games. Links can be found on tsutigers.com under the schedule.
Tennessee State will return to action on Monday, Feb. 3 on the road at Tennessee Tech. Game time is slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off in the Eblen Center.