The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Monday, Feb. 3 at Tennessee Tech after a week off. Game time for the pivotal OVC match-up is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Eblen Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State is coming off a, 78-63, win over Eastern Kentucky last Monday. The victory improved TSU to 8-13 (5-3 OVC) and moved the team into second place in the East Division. The victory was TSU’s third consecutive home win. The Lady Tigers have won two straight and three of their last four contests.
TSU is averaging 68.5 points per outing while shooting 37.0 percent from the field. Chelsea Hudson leads the team in scoring with 16.0 points per game while Rachel Allen (11.9 ppg), Alana Morris (7.3 ppg) and I’mani Davis (6.7 ppg) round out the top scorers for TSU.
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 gained control early and carried a 39-26, lead into halftime against Eastern Kentucky. The Lady Colonels opened the second frame with a run that cut the deficit down to just three, 43-40, but the Lady Tigers answered by scoring the next 12 points and went on to win. Chelsea Hudson recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds while Alana Morris (13), Briana Morrow (12) and Rachel Allen (10) also scored in double-digits.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Tennessee Tech (8-14, 5-4 OVC) is coming off a 69-56 home loss to Belmont on Saturday at home. The Golden Eagles have dropped three of their last four and sit in fourth place in the East Division.
In the loss to Belmont, Diamond Henderson (12) and Hannah Goolsby (12) led Tennessee Tech in scoring while Candace Parson tallied 11 points and eight rebounds.
Overall, Tennessee Tech is led in scoring by Diamond Henderson who averages 17.8 points per game. Candace Parson (9.5 ppg) and T’Keyah Williams (9.2 ppg) round out the top scorers for TTU.
As a team, the Golden Eagles average, 67.8 points per game while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from long range.
TSU vs. TENNESSEE TECH
Tennessee State will match-up with Tennessee Tech for the 60th time in the series history with TTU holding a, 49-10, advantage. Last month, Tech claimed the first meeting between the two teams, 77-68, in the Gentry Center. TTU has won eight straight over TSU. The Lady Tigers’ last win over the Golden Eagles was a 65-62, victory in the Eblen Center on Jan. 23, 2010.
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 home to face Austin Peay on Saturday, Feb. 8 in the Gentry Center. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m.