The Lady Tigers will kick-off the New Year with an OVC contest on the road at Murray State on Thursday, Jan. 6. Game time is slated for 5:15 p.m. in the CFSB Center.
LADY TIGER REVIEW
The Lady Tigers snapped a five-game losing skid by defeating Eastern Kentucky, 62-52, in the Gentry Center before suffering a set-back at Georgia Tech.
In the win vs. EKU, freshman Tayla Foster came off the bench to post 16 points and six rebounds in just 14 minutes of play while sophomore Simone Hopes grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds for TSU. Senior Meredith Stafford finished the game with 10 points and six boards.
TSU BY THE NUMBERS
Tennessee State is averaging 54.7 points per game while allowing opponents to score an average of 65.7 ppg. TSU is shooting 34.5 percent from the field, including 28.7 percent from three-point range. The Lady Tigers are shooting 72.8 percent from the free-throw line and average 20.5 turnovers, 10.2 assists, 7.5 steals and 2.2 blocks per outing.
LADY TIGER LEADERS
Meredith Stafford (11.0 ppg) is the team's leading scorer while Simone Hopes (5.6 rpg) leads the team in rebounding. Tayla Foster (7.8 ppg) and Simone Hopes (6.6 ppg) round out the top scorers for the Lady Tigers and Alana Morris pulls down just over five (5.1) rebounds per game.
ABOUT THURSDAY'S OPPONENT: MURRAY STATE
Murray State enters Thursday night's contest with an overall record of 4-9 (0-3 OVC). The Racers had lost nine straight before winning its last two games.
MSU has two players averaging double-digits in scoring led by Mariah Robinson's 12.8 points per game. Kayla Lowe is averaging 11.7 ppg while Jessica Winfrey is nearly averaging a double-double with 9.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per outing.
Murray State is shooting .364 percent from the field while averaging 64.1 ppg. MSU averages 19.2 turnovers and 10.7 assists per game. Although the team 3-point field goal percentage is only .286, the Racers have three players shooting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Thursday will mark the 49th meeting between Tennessee State and Murray State with the Racers holding a 30-18 series advantage. Last season, both teams split the series with each team claiming a win on their home floor.