The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action for the third time in five days with a match-up at Jacksonville State University on Monday. Game time for the OVC contest is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Pete Mathews Coliseum.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State is coming off a, 64-51, win over Belmont on Saturday. The victory was TSU’s third home win of the season and improved the team to 3-2 in the OVC. TSU has won three of its last four contests and leads the OVC in steals and offensive rebounds.
TSU is averaging 66.5 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 (12.1 ppg) and I’mani Davis (6.6 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 used its defensive pressure to force Belmont into nine first-half turnovers while only allowing 16 points in the opening frame. TSU led by as many as 25 points before going on to win, 64-51. Rachel Allen led the Lady Tigers with 13 points while Alana Morris (12) and Briana Lawrence (11) also scored in double-digits. Chelsea Hudson only scored eight points but hauled in 11 rebounds.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Jacksonville State (6-14, 2-5 OVC) had won two straight before recently falling to Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. The Gamecocks fell to the Lady Colonels, 68-61, on the road.
In the loss to Eastern Kentucky, Destany McLin led JSU with 22 points and eight rebounds while Candace Morton was the only other player to post double-figures with 19.
Overall, Jacksonville State is led in scoring by Candace Morton who averages 17.5 points per game. Destany McLin (13.5 ppg) and Miranda Cantrell (10.3 ppg) round out the top scorers for JSU
As a team, the Gamecocks average, 62.9 points per game while shooting 38.6 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from long range.
TSU vs. JACKSONVILLE STATE
Tennessee State will match-up with Jacksonville State for the 26th time in the series history with TSU holding a slight, 13-12, advantage. In the first game of the season, TSU claimed the victory, edging JSU, 78-76, in overtime. JSU’s last victory over TSU was a 57-55 win in the first round of the 2011 OVC Tournament.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Rachel Allen made a shot with seconds remaining on the clock to lift TSU past JSU in a hard-fought contest that went down to the wire. Chelsea Hudson finished the game with 30 points and eight rebounds while Jayda Johnson (11), Rachel Allen (10), Brianna Lawrence (10) and Alana Morris also scored in double-digits. Destany McLin led JSU with 25 points while Candace Morton added 20.
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, Jan. 25 against Morehead State at home. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.