The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Thursday with a contest against Tennessee Tech. The game is the rescheduled contest from the initial Jan. 6 date. The game was postponed due to inclement weather. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. in the Gentry Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
TSU’s most recent outing was an impressive road win against OVC foe Southeast Missouri on Saturday. The Lady Tigers led by 14 points but had to fight off the Redhawks down the stretch. The win was TSU’s second straight and moved the Lady Tigers to 5-11 overall and 2-1 in the league.
TSU is averaging 66.0 points per outing while shooting 35.2 percent from the field. Chelsea Hudson leads the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game while Rachel Allen (11.9 ppg) and I’mani Davis (7.1 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 shot a season-high 53.1 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three-point range while three players finished the game in double-digits. TSU led by as many as 14 points in the first half but had to hold off a late SEMO rally down the stretch. Chelsea Hudson finished the game with 19 points and seven rebounds while Rachel Allen had 14. Alana Morris also scored double-digits with a career-high 14 points to go with three steals and three assists.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Tennessee Tech (6-11, 3-1 OVC) has won two straight contests with its most recent victory coming against, Eastern Illinois. The Golden Eagles defeated the Panthers, 64-54, in Cookeville. TTU also has wins over SIUE and JSU.
In the win over EIU, Diamond Henderson led Tech with 22 points while Hannah Goolsby scored 18. Candace Parson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. TTU held EIU to 54 points and a .367 field goal percentage.
Overall, Tennessee Tech is led in scoring by Diamond Henderson who averages 18.2 points per game. Candace Parson (9.0 ppg) and T’Keyah Williams (8.8 ppg) round out the top scorers for Tech.
As a team, the Golden Eagles average, 66.4 points per game while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from long range.
TSU vs. TENNESSEE TECH
TSU will match-up with Tennessee Tech for the 59th time in the series history with Tech holding a, 48-10, lead. Last season, TTU claimed both contests and the Golden Eagles have won seven straight over the Lady Tigers. TSU’s last win over Tech 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.
TSU will only have one day off before returning to action against Belmont on Saturday, Jan. 18. The Lady Tigers will then hit the road to take on Jacksonville State on Jan. 20.