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Lady Tigers make short trip to Murray State on Monday


Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information  
Release: 02/05/2012
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TSU takes on Murray State at 7 p.m in the CFSB Center on Monday
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GAMEDAY
The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will return to action on Monday, Feb.6 on the road at Murray State for a crucial OVC contest against the Racers. The Lady Tigers will play their second game in three days when they face the Racers. Game time is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the CFSB Center.

THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (8-15, 4-7 OVC) has dropped three out of its last four, including three straight. The Lady Tigers are recently coming off a disappointing, 50-39, loss to Southeast Missouri on the road. TSU has a 4-8 OVC mark and sits in eighth place in the standings. With a 2-10 road mark this season, the Lady Tigers will look to add one to the win column and stay in the OVC tournament hunt against Murray State.     

As a team, TSU is averaging 68.8 points per outing while shooting 36.9 percent from the field and 28.8 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently shooting only 65.9 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 18.7 turnovers per game.

TSU averages 43.7 rebounds, 13.0 assists and 8.2 steals per game.
 
LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State dropped its third straight contest with a, 50-39, loss to Southeast Missouri on the road. TSU struggled offensively the whole night and finished the game with a 22.4 field goal percentage, including 11.8 percent from long range. Jasmin Shuler, the only player to post double figures, led TSU with 12 points.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Murray State (9-14, 5-5 OVC) is coming off an, 84-67, loss to UT Martin on Saturday. MSU has lost three of its last four games.

In Murray State's most recent loss to UTM, Erica Burgess led MSU with 26 points while Kayla Lowe added 16. Kyra Watson pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. 

Overall, the Racers average 68.3 points per game behind a .348 field goal percentage (.274 three-point range). Erica Burgess leads MSU with 16.0 points per game while Mariah Robinson (14.9 ppg) and Kayla Lowe (11.0 ppg) round out the top three scorers for the Racers.


TSU vs. MURRAY STATE
Tennessee State and Murray State will meet for the 49th time in the series history and the first time this season. In 2010-11, TSU swept the season series with three-point margin victories at home and on the road. TSU defeated MSU, 60-57, in the CFSB Center before picking up  , 73-70, win in the Gentry Center nearly a month later. The Racers have a, 29-19, series advantage.

LAST TIME THEY MET
The Tennessee State University women's basketball team snapped a seven game losing skid Thursday night with a, 73-70, win over Murray State in the Gentry Center.

Despite giving up nearly a double-digit second half lead, Tennessee State (6-16, 3-9 OVC) was able to defeat Murray State (6-17, 2-10 OVC) and come away with the win.

Meredith Stafford led TSU with 16 points while Tayla Foster added 12. Simone Hopes just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Murray State had four players in double-digits led by Jessica Winfrey's 17 points. Rachael Isom added 14 while Kayla Lowe posted 13. Mariah Robinson also registered double-digits with 10.

TEAM LEADERS
Jasmin Shuler leads TSU in scoring with 15.2 ppg while Tayla Foster (10.3 ppg) and Destiney Gaston (7.5 ppg) round out the top three scorers for the Lady Tigers. Foster is pulling down a team-best 5.3 rebounds per game while Chelsea Hudson averages 4.3 caroms per outing. Rachel Allen leads the team in assists while Gaston also paces TSU with 30 blocks.

COVERAGE
TSU vs. Murray State will be broadcast on OVCsports.tv. Fans can also follow live stats on goracers.com.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
The Lady Tigers have a short break before returning home to host Tennessee Tech on Feb. 11. 

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