Lady Tigers take aim at Skyhawks on Monday
Monday, January 30, 2012
Lady Tigers take aim at Skyhawks on Monday

GAMEDAY
The Tennessee State University women's basketball team returns to action on Monday, January 30 for an Ohio Valley Conference match-up against UT Martin. The Lady Tigers will play their second road game in three days when they make the trip to the Elam Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (8-13, 4-5 OVC) has won two of its last three, including the most recent win on the road at Austin Peay. The Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Govs, 82-77, in the Dunn Center. TSU has a 4-5 OVC mark and sits in eighth place in the standings. With a 2-8 road mark this season, the Lady Tigers will look to add one to the win column against second place UT Martin.     

As a team, TSU is averaging 69.4 points per outing while shooting 37.5 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently shooting only 65.6 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 19.0 turnovers per game.

TSU averages 43.2 rebounds, 13.0 assists and 8.6 steals per game.

LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State picked up a crucial OVC win by defeating Austin Peay, 82-77, on the road Saturday night. TSU had a 36-30 halftime lead and held off a late rally by APSU to secure the victory. Kesi Hess led TSU with 17 points while Jasmin Shuler (14), Destiney Gaston (14), Avery Jones (10) and Kim Haynes (10) also registered double-digits.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT
UT Martin (12-8, 6-1 OVC) has won three straight contests, including most recently an, 88-47, win over Southeast Missouri. The Skyhawks' only conference loss was to Eastern Illinois, 70-63.

In UTM's most recent win over SEMO, Heather Butler led the team with 25 points while Jasmine Newsome recorded 19 points. Jaclissa Haislip (11) and Beth Hawn (10) also scored in double-figures.

Overall, the Skyhawks average 75.9 points per game behind a .419 field goal percentage (.357 three-point range). Heather Butler, the OVC scoring leader, averages 22.0 ppg while Jasmine Newsome is second in the league in scoring with 19.4 ppg.

TSU  vs. UT MARTIN
Tennessee State and Tennessee Martin will meet for the 55th time in the long series history with TSU leading, 28-26. UTM claimed the first meeting of the season in a shootout with a 114-105 victory in the Gentry Center.  

LAST TIME THEY MET
The TSU women's basketball team scored a season-high 105 points and had six players to score in double-digits but it wasn't enough to hold off UT Martin in a, 114-105, loss to the Skyhawks.

The point total marked the most points TSU has scored in a game since posting 106 against Valparaiso in the 1990 season. Additionally, the 219 combined points from both teams is a new OVC record as Morehead (110) and EKU (106) previously held the record from the 1992-93 season.

The OVC record-breaking game, featured five ties and seven lead changes.

Jasmin Shuler led all TSU (5-10, 1-2 OVC) scorers with 20 points while Kim Haynes scored 16. Avery Jones came off the bench to score 15 followed by Rachel Allen's 14 and Kesi Hess' 13. Tayla Foster registered a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Allen also dished out seven assists.

Jasmine Newsome tallied 37 points to lead UTM (8-6, 2-0 OVC) while Heather Butler scored 35. Taylor Hall also notched double-figures with 15 points. Butler and Newsome each recorded eight assists.

COVERAGE
TSU vs. UT Martin will be broadcast on OVCsports.tv. Fans can also follow live stats on utmsports.com
 
TEAM LEADERS
Jasmin Shuler leads TSU in scoring with 15.8 ppg while Tayla Foster (11.5 ppg) and Destiney Gaston (8.5 ppg) round out the top three scorers for the Lady Tigers. Foster is pulling down a team-best 5.6 rebounds per game while Gaston averages 4.7 caroms per outing. Rachel Allen leads the team in assists while Gaston also paces TSU with 28 blocks.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
The Lady Tigers will return home to host the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday, Feb.1 at 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.