The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Saturday, Feb.15 with an OVC match-up against cross-town rival Belmont University. With only five games remaining in a tight play-off race, each game is crucial. The contest is slated for a 5:00 p.m. in the Curb Event Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State is coming off a, 72-65, win over Murray State on Monday. The victory improved TSU to 10-14 (7-4 OVC) and kept the team in third place in the East Division. It was the Lady Tigers’ fifth consecutive home win. TSU has won five of its last seven.
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
Belmont (11-14, 8-4 OVC) is coming off a, 69-67, win over Austin Peay on Monday. The Bruins have won four straight and currently sit in second place in the East Division.
In the win over Austin Peay, Lauren Thompson led BU with 14 points while Taylor Mills and Frankie Joubran eached tallied 13. Joubran nearly recorded a double-double with nine rebounds. Jordyn Luffman had 12 points and nine boards.
Overall, Belmont is led in scoring by Jordyn Luffman’s 14.5 points per game. Katie Carroll (8.4 ppg) and Taylor Mills (8.4 ppg) round out the top three scorers for the Bruins.
As a team, the Bruins average, 65.2 points per game while shooting 38.9 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from long range.
TSU vs. BELMONT
Tennessee State will match-up with Belmont for the 33rd time in the series history with BU holding a, 23-9, advantage. Last month, TSU claimed the first meeting between the two teams, 64-51, in the Gentry Center. TSU has now won two straight over BU. The Bruins’ last win over the Lady Tigers was a, 66-54-, victory in the Curb Event Center on Jan. 19, 2013.
LAST TIME THEY MET
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.
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 game. Links can be found on tsutigers.com under the schedule.
Tennessee State will return to action on Monday, Feb. 17 on the road. TSU will match-up with UT Martin at 7 p.m. in the Elam Center.