After earning a first round bye, No. 4 seed Tennessee State will face Eastern Kentucky on Thursday, March 6 at noon in the quarterfinals. EKU defeated EIU, 75-52, in the opening round to advance. The 4th seed is the highest TSU has had since the 2009 season when the Lady Tigers earned the 3rd seed.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State finished the regular season win over Eastern Kentucky on the road Saturday night. TSU defeated EKU, 76-64, in McBrayer Arena to close out the season with a win. The victory improved TSU to 12-17 (9-7 OVC) and secured the fourth seed in the Tournament for the Lady Tigers.
TSU is averaging 69.2 points per outing while shooting 39.4 percent from the field. Chelsea Hudson leads the team in scoring with 16.0 points per game while Rachel Allen (11.2 ppg), Jayda Johnson (7.8 ppg) and Alana Morris (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 outscored EKU 44-29 in the second half and shot 44.3 percent from the field in the contest as the Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Colonels, 76-61. Chelsea Hudson led TSU in scoring for the third consecutive game and recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Freshmen Jayda Johnson and I’mani Davis each tallied 17 points while recording eight and five rebounds, respectively.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Eastern Kentucky (16-12) defeated Eastern Illinois, 75-52, in the opening game of the OVC Tournament. The Lady Colonels shot 43.1 percent from the field and held the advantage in second chance points, 20-6, and points off turnovers, 18-8. Marie Carpenter led EKU with 24 points while Michaela Hunter added 17. Cierra Drake posted 12 points followed by Shelly Harper who registered 10.
Tennessee State will match-up with Eastern Kentucky for the 53rd time in the series history with EKU holding a, 36-17, advantage. TSU swept EKU in the regular season. In the first meeting, TSU defeated EKU, 78-63, in the Gentry Center before downing the Lady Colonels, 76-64 on the road. TSU has won three straight over EKU. The Lady Colonels’ last win over the Lady Tigers was a, 62-54, win on Jan. 28, 2013.
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. The contest will be streamed live on OVCDIgitalNetwork.com and ESPN3.