The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to the court on Saturday, Feb.8 with an important OVC match-up against nearby opponent Austin Peay. The contest is slated for a 5:30 p.m. start in the Gentry Center on Faculty Appreciation Night. The night will also feature TSU’s annual Courtside Dining event.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State is coming off a, 79-75, road loss to Tennessee Tech on Monday. The setback dropped TSU to 8-14 (5-4 OVC) and moved the team into fourth place in the East Division. It was TSU’s second consecutive road loss and snapped the Lady Tigers’ two-game win streak. TSU has won three of its last five.
TSU is averaging 68.8 points per outing while shooting 37.3 percent from the field. Chelsea Hudson leads the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game while Rachel Allen (11.9 ppg), Alana Morris (7.1 ppg) and Brianna Lawrence 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 kept the game close for the majority of the contest until Tennessee Tech managed to build a double-digit lead. The Lady Tigers, however, rallied and were able to close to within two down the stretch. The Golden Eagles held on for the, 79-75, win. Brianna Lawrence led TSU with 19 points while Chelsea Hudson recorded a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Rachel Allen (12) and I’mani Davis (10) also posted double-figures in the game.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Austin Peay (9-14, 6-4 OVC) is coming off an, 87-74, road win over Southeast Missouri on Monday. The Lady Govs have won two straight and sit in second place in the West Division.
In the win over SEMO, four Austin Peay players scored in double-figures led by Tiasha Gray’s 26 points. Jennifer Nwokocha tallied 16 points and eight rebounds while Kristen Stainback scored 15. Beth Rates had 12 points and nine boards.
Overall, Austin Peay is led in scoring by Tiasha Gray who averages 15.0 points per game. Kristen Stainback (12.3 ppg) and Tearra Banks (9.7 ppg) round out the top scorers for APSU.
As a team, the Lady Govs average, 70.0 points per game while shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from long range.
TSU vs. AUSTIN PEAY
Tennessee State will match-up with Tennessee Tech for the 59th time in the series history with APSU holding a, 32-26, advantage. Last season, TSU claimed the only meeting between the two teams, 71-52, in the Dunn Center. TSU has won three straight over APSU. The Lady Govs’ last win over the Lady Tigers was a, 74-66, victory in the Dunn Center on Feb. 12, 2011.
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 Monday, Feb. 10 against Murray State. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. in the Gentry Center.