The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday at home with a pivotal game against Morehead State. Tip-off for the OVC contest is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State is coming off an, 84-76, loss to Morehead State on Monday. The loss dropped TSU to 3-3 in the OVC. TSU had won three of its last four before falling to JSU on the road.
With a total of 499 career wins, head coach Larry Inman, has a chance to reach the 500-win milestone on Saturday.
TSU is averaging 67.0 points per outing while shooting 35.9 percent from the field. Chelsea Hudson leads the team in scoring with 16.2 points per game while Rachel Allen (11.9 ppg), Alana Morris (6.7 ppg) and I’mani Davis (6.6 ppg) round out the top scorers for TSU. TSU is currently tied for fourth place in the East Division.
The Lady Tigers, under second year 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 fell behind by double-digits before rallying to within one. TSU however was unable to complete the comeback in an, 84-76, loss. Chelsea Hudson led all Lady Tiger scorers with 16 points to go with 12 rebounds for a double-double. Alana Morris chipped in 11 points while I’mani Davis (10) and Jemilah Leonard (10) also tallied double-figures.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Morehead State (9-10, 3-3 OVC) had lost three straight before snapping the skid with a win at home against Southeast Missouri. The Eagles edged the Redhawks, 62-59. MSU is in a tie for fourth place with TSU.
In the win over Southeast, Almesha Jones posted a team-high 20 points while Terrice Robinson and Shanice Parker each added 15. MSU shot 43.8 percent from the field and made eight triples in the contest.
Overall, Morehead State is led in scoring by Terrice Robinson who averages 17.3 points per game. Almesha Jones (11.9 ppg) and Shanice Parker (8.2 ppg) round out the top scorers for MSU.
As a team, the Eagles average, 63.2 points per game while shooting 37.6 percent from the field and 30.2 percent from long range.
TSU vs. MOREHEAD STATE
Tennessee State will match-up with Morehead State for the 50th time in the series history with MSU holding a, 30-19, advantage. Last year, TSU swept the series, defeating the Eagles, 68-56, on the road before downing the opponent, 82-57, in the Gentry Center. TSU has won three straight. Morehead St.’s last win was an, 84-82, victory in Kentucky.
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 game will also be broadcast on the Heritage Sports Network.