The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Monday, Feb.17 against UT Martin in OVC action. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in the Eblen Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State is coming off a disappointing, 57-48, loss at Belmont on Saturday. The setback dropped TSU to 10-15 (7-5 OVC) and put the Lady Tigers in a tie for third place in the East Division in a tight OVC race.
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 (7.3 ppg), Brianna Lawrence Davis (7.0 ppg) and I’mani 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
Despite getting off to a slow start Tennessee State defeated Murray State, 72-65, on Monday night. TSU built its lead up to 18 points before MSU rallied to cut the deficit down to five but the Lady Tigers were able to keep the Racers at bay. Chelsea Hudson led the team with 16 points while Jayda Johnson sccored 11. Briana Morrow and Jemilah Leonard each tallied 10 points.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
UT Martin (18-7, 11-1 OVC) is coming off a, 102-70, win over Southeast Missouri on Saturday. The Skyhawks had won 10 straight and were undefeated in league play before falling to SIU Edwardsville, 65-62, on Feb. 8. UTM is first in the West Division.
In the win over SEMO, four UTM players scored in double-digits led by Ashia Jones who had 27 points and 15 rebounds. Heather Butler and Katie Schubert tallied 19 while Jasmine Newsome hd 18.
Overall, UT Martin is led in scoring by Heather Butler’s 22.8 points per game. Jasmine Newsome (19.1 ppg) and Ashia Jones (11.6 ppg) round out the top three scorers for the Skyhawks.
As a team, the Skyhawks average, 82.0 points per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from long range.
TSU vs. UT MARTIN
Tennessee State will match-up with UT Martin for the 57th time in the series history with UTM holding a, 29-27, advantage. Last season, UTM claimed the only meeting between the two teams, 77-58, in the Gentry Center. TSU’s last win over UTM was a 51-38 victory Jan. 9, 2010. UTM has won six straight over TSU.
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. 22 against SIU Edwardsville for the final home game of the season. Game time is slated for a 6 p.m. start in the Gentry Center.