The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Monday, Feb.10 with an OVC match-up against Murray State. With only six games remaining in a tight play-off race, each game is crucial. The contest is slated for a 6:00 p.m. start in the Gentry Center. All fans are asked to wear pink to the game in support of the fight against breast cancer.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State is coming off a dominating, 96-61, win over Austin Peay on Saturday. The victory improved TSU to 9-14 (6-4 OVC) and moved the team into third place in the East Division. It was the Lady Tigers’ fourth consecutive home win. TSU has won four of its last six.
TSU is averaging 70.0 points per outing while shooting 38.1 percent from the field. Chelsea Hudson leads the team in scoring with 15.7 points per game while Rachel Allen (12.0 ppg), Alana Morris (7.4 ppg) and Brianna Lawrence Davis (7.0 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 used one of its best shooting performances of the year to defeat Austin Peay, 96-61, Saturday night in the Gentry Center. In the first half, TSU shot a scorching 61.1 percent in the and built a commanding lead. Jayda Johnson came off the bench to lead TSU in scoring with 17 points while Rachel Allen scored 15. Alana Morris and Chelsea Hudson each tallied 14 points.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Murray State (8-13, 1-8 OVC) is coming off an, 86-71, loss to Austin Peay last Thursday. The Racers have dropped six straight and sit in sixth place in the West Division.
In the loss to Austin Peay, senior Jessica Winfrey recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Janssen Starks scored 21 points and four rebounds. She was a perfect 10-for-10 at the free-throw.
Overall, is led in scoring by Keiona Kirby who averages 18.3 points per game. Janssen Starks (10.1 ppg) and Taylor Porter (9.9 ppg) round out the top scorers for MSU.
As a team, the Racers average, 73.8 points per game while shooting 35.8 percent from the field and 32.0 percent from long range.
TSU vs. MURRAY STATE
Tennessee State will match-up with Murray State for the 54th time in the series history with MSU holding a, 32-21, advantage. Last season, TSU claimed the only meeting between the two teams, 67-61, on the road. The Racers’ last win over the Lady Tigers was an, 87-83, victory in the CFSB Center on Feb. 23, 2012.
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 Saturday, Feb. 15 across town at Belmont. Game time is slated for 5:00 p.m. in the Curb Event Center.