TSU Basketball Prepares for Match-up with UT Martin
Friday, February 6, 2009

TSU takes on UT Martin in OVC Basketball Double-Header

Nashville,Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men and women basketball teams will host the Skyhawks of UT Martin in an Ohio Valley Conference double-header on Saturday, February 7th. The women are slated for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

The Lady Tigers (12-11, 8-4 OVC) are coming off of their first home loss of the season after falling to Murray State 97-93 on Wednesday night in the Gentry Center.

The Lady Tigers have three players averaging double digits in scoring led by Kendra Appling's 17.8 points per game. Tiffany Jackson averages 15.9 ppg and 6.1 rpg while Jasmine Smith posts 11.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest.

Saturday will be Tennessee State and UT Martin’s 49th meeting. TSU holds a slight 26-22 series lead.

Tennessee State will look to sweep the season series with UT Martin as the Lady Tigers picked up a 61-54 victory at Skyhawk Arena earlier in the season. Kendra Appling led TSU with 20 points while Charisse Hicks notched 15. Yalonda Davis led the Skyhawks with 19 points while Alishia Glover added 16.

UT Martin (2-19, 0-10 OVC) has struggled this season and has yet to pick up a conference win. The Skyhawks are led in scoring and rebounding by Phyllisha Mitchell with 13.9 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.

The Tigers will take the floor following the women's game to try and snap a four-game skid when they meet UT Martin men's squad. TSU (6-16, 4-8 OVC) in their last time out, lost to Murray State, 88-58, moving their homestand to 5-5 on the year.

Gerald Robinson, Jr. (17.2 ppg) and Jerrell Houston (13.0 ppg) lead the team in scoring while Darius Cox is the Tigers' team leading rebounder with 9.3 per game.

The Skyhawks (15-6, 8-3 OVC) lead the overall series, 25-18, and are on a seven-game win streak including a win over Austin Peay State, Thursday night in double overtime, 87-82. With the win, UTM moves to second in the OVC.

The Skyhawks will rely on their back-court tandem of Lester Hudson and Marquis Weddle who combine for 41 points per game. Hudson leads the OVC in scoring with 27 points per contest while dishing out eight assists a game. Weddle comes in averaging 13.4 points per game.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers will hit the road for the last time this season for the next three games with the first stop at Jacksonville State (game date separate). Both teams will follow with games at Austin Peay (2/14/09) and Tennessee Tech (2/10/09).