The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will officially kick-off the 2013-14 campaign this Friday when the Lady Tigers face the Wildcat’s of Kansas State on the road. Game time is slated for a 5:45 p.m. tip in Bramlage Coliseum.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
A relatively young squad, the Lady Tigers are coming off an, 84-60, exhibition win over Tennessee Temple last Friday night in the Gentry Center. Five players scored in double-digits led by Brianna Lawrence’s 15 points. Chelsea Hudson and Jayda Johnson each tallied 14 while I’mani Davis and Rachel Allen posted 11. Allen also added 11 assists for a double-double.
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 had its final tune up before the regular season last Friday with an exhibition contest against Tennessee Temple. Sophomore Brianna Lawrence led all scorers with 15 while redshirt junior Chelsea Hudson and freshman Jayda Johnson added 14. Freshman I’mani Davis scored 11 as junior Rachel Allen registered a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Kansas State picked up two preseason exhibition wins over Washburn (85-64) and Alaska-Anchorage (73-65). K-State will play its first official game of the season against TSU on Friday.
In K-State’s win over Alaska-Anchorage, Katya Leick posted a game-high 24 to go with 12 rebounds for a double-double. Leticia Romero just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds while Brianna Craig scored 11.
The Wildcats rallied in the second half to defeat Alaska-Anchorage, 73-65. The Wildcats did their fair share of damage in the paint and on second chance opportunities.
A member of the Big 12, K-State has nine letterwinners returning from last year’s squad, including three starters. The Wildcats finished last season with a record of 19-18 (5-13) good for an eighth place finish in the conference.
TSU vs. KANSAS STATE
Tennessee State and Kansas State will meet for the third time in the series history with the Wildcats leading 2-0. In the last meeting between the two teams, K-State defeated TSU, 62-47, in the Gentry Center.
LAST TIME THEY MET (Nov. 20, 2012)
Tennessee State stayed close with Kansas State in the first half, but the Wildcats pulled away in the second as the Lady Tigers fell 62-47 at the Gentry Center.
The Wildcats started strong, putting together a 13-2 run in the first eleven-and-a-half minutes. After Avery Jones put TSU on the scoreboard with a layup on the second possession of the game, the Lady Tigers went on a scoreless stretch of 11 minutes before Destiney Gaston ended the K-State run with a layup of her own.
TSU continued to battle and chip away at the Wildcat lead getting the margin under 10 on a Tanesha Stenson jumper to make it 21-13 with 7:12 left in the first half. The Stenson jumper started a 14-7 TSU run that ended the half with Kansas State holding a 28-25 advantage.
The Wildcats started the second half just like they did the first and turned a three point lead into a 14 point lead within seven minutes.
The Lady Tigers made just four shots in the second half while shooting 24 percent for the game.
Live audio and live stats will be available at kstatesports.com for the TSU vs. Kansas State game. Also, live video will be available to subscribers of K-StateHD.TV at kstatesports.com/allaccess.
Tennessee State will leave Manhattan and head for Georgia to face Kennesaw State on Monday, Nov. 11 in the KSU Convocation Center. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. est.