92Q Night: TSU Basketball Hosts Austin Peay
Thursday, January 15, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University men and women's basketball teams will return to OVC action on Saturday when they host the visiting Governors of Austin Peay on 92Q Night in the Gentry Center with the women tipping-off at 5:30 p.m. Fans can tune in on the Big Blue Sports Network, OVCSpots.tv and the campus radio station, WTST (tsuradio.com).

The Lady Tigers hit the hardwood for the first time in a week and are coming off of a 61-54 road victory over UT-martin last week while looking to extend their home winning streak to six games. In a tight OVC race, TSU (8-9, 4-2 OVC) and APSU (8-9, 4-2 OVC) along with Morehead State are currently involved in a three-way tie for second place.

Tennessee State is led in scoring by Kendra Appling’s 18.2 points and 2.4 steals per game. Tiffany Jackson averages 15.9 points and 6.2 boards for the Lady Tigers while Jasmine Smith tallies 10.7 ppg and a team best 7.8 caroms per contest.  

The Lady Govs have three players averaging double-digits led by Ashley Herring (1.5 ppg), Nicole Jamen (11.5 ppg) and April Thomas is averaging 11.1 points and 8.2 rebounds.

This will be the 50th meeting between the two teams with Austin Peay holding a 29-20 advantage. Last season, TSU swept the series picking up a 74-72 win at the Dunn Center before claiming a 70-69 victory at home.

Immediately following the women, the Tigers (5-11, 3-3) will spar-off against APSU (9-7, 5-1) in a rematch of the 2008 OVC Championship game. APSU leads the series, 38-20 including the 88-77 win over TSU in the OVC finals. The Governors come in on a three game win streak, winning four of their last five, and are tied for first in the OVC with a 5-1 record.

The match-up will feature four of the top ten scorers in the conference. TSU’s Gerald Robinson, Jr. leads the Tigers averaging 18.1 points per game and is listed fourth in the OVC in scoring while Jerrell Houston (14.0 ppg) is ranked tenth. TSU has dropped their last two games to conference opponents and are 2-2 in the month of January. The Tigers sit in the middle of the league standings in a three-way tie for fourth.

APSU’s Drake Reed (19.2 ppg) is third in scoring and Wes Channels (17.3 ppg) is listed ffth. The Governors are number one in the conference in three-point percentage with the Tigers ranked third in the OVC in defending shots behind the arc.