After playing a couple of early OVC games last week, the Tennessee State University women's basketball team will return to action against non-conference opponent Belmont on Tuesday. TSU will look to pick up a win after dropping both contests last week. Game time is set for 5 p.m in the Curb Event Center.
Fans can listen to the broadcast live and live stats will be available through Belmont's athletic website: www.belmontbruins.com.
LADY TIGER REVIEW
The Lady Tigers dropped both contests last week and are most recently coming off a 51-46 loss to Southeast Missouri on the road. Before the loss to SEMO, TSU dropped a 77-58 decision against EIU on Thursday.
Meredith Stafford led the team in scoring last week, averaging 13.5 points over both games while Kesi Hess hit six three-pointers and averaged 10.0 points per outing.
As a team, Tennessee State only averaged 52.0 ppg while shooting 33.0 percent from the field. TSU committed 39 turnovers and only recorded 23 assists.
TSU will return to the Gentry Center to host Southern Mississippi in the Gentry Center on Saturday, Dec. 11 before continuing conference play on Dec. 19 & 21 against Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky at home.
LADY TIGER LEADERS
Senior Meredith Stafford is the only player averaging double-digits for the Lady Tigers with 10.8 points per game. Tayla Foster (8.8 ppg), Jasmin Shuler (6.8 ppg) and Kesi Hess (6.8 ppg) round out the top four leading scorers for TSU while Alana Morris (5.8 rpg) and Simone Hopes (5.8 rpg) are leading the team in rebounding. TSU is averaging 56.2 ppg while shooting 35.7 percent from the field.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: BELMONT (2-5)
The Bruins are coming off a 61-37 loss to UAB on Sunday. BU is averaging 58.4 points per game led by Molly Ernest's 12.0 ppg. Haley Nelson is averaging 10.5 ppg.
In the game against UAB, Tereva Moore posted 11 points while Tristan Daniel added 10.
Tuesday will mark the 29th meeting between TSU and Belmont with the Bruins holding a 20-8 series advantage. Last season, TSU defeated Belmont for the first time since 2001 with a 74-66 win over the Bruins in the Gentry Center.
LAST TIME OUT
TSU once again got off to a slow start and fell behind early in a 51-46 loss to Southeast Missouri. The Lady Tigers outscored the Redhawks in the second half but SEMO was able to hold off TSU's comeback attempt.
Tayla Foster was the only Lady Tiger to post double-figures with 10 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes of play.
TSU trailed SEMO, 24-15, at the halftime break. The Lady Tigers had 16 turnovers and only made 5-of-21 from the field in the first half.
TSU rallied to within four, 43-39 in the second half. The Lady Tigers had an opportunity to tie the score late in the game after Tayla Foster nailed two free-throws to make the score, 49-46. TSU used its press to force a turnover as SEMO inbounded the ball, but missed the shot attempt. The Redhawks made a couple more free-throws in the final seconds to keep the Lady Tigers at bay.