Senior Jasmin Shuler was named to the 2012 All-OVC Preseason
team earlier this month and will be expected to provide leadership for TSU. She
led the Lady Tigers in scoring last season with 15.2 points per game while also
leading the team in made-three pointers and three-point field goal percentage.
The 5-8 guard finished the season ranked ninth in the OVC in
scoring, fifth in made three-point field goals eleventh in overall field goal
percentage and 15th in three-point field goal percentage.
She posted a career-high 38 points against Morehead State
and was named the OVC Player of the Week on Jan. 24.
The Lady Tigers will have experience in the guard position in
senior Kesi Hess, junior Alana Morris and sophomore Rachel Allen. Hess knocked
down the third most three pointers on the team last season and averaged 20.7
minutes of action per game.
Allen and Morris shared the responsibility at the point
guard position and led the team in assists with 3.3 and 2.4 apg, respectively.
TSU will also look for productivity from the post players. During
the 2011-12 campaign, redshirt sophomore Chelsea Hudson made her return to the
court after sitting out the previous season due to injury. In her first
complete season, she led the team in rebounding and posted a career-high 38 points
to go with 17 rebounds against UT Martin. She was also named the adidas OVC
Freshman of the Week on two occasions.
Senior Destiney Gaston was the team's third leading scorer
last season and led the team in blocks. She ranked fourth in the OVC in blocks
with a total of 33.
Last season, Tennessee State finished with an overall record
of 9-20 with a 5-11 conference mark. In an OVC preseason poll that was released
last Tuesday, TSU was predicted to finish fifth in the East Division.
Tip-off for Thursday night's exhibition game vs. North
Alabama is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.
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