Middle Tennessee up next for Lady Tigers
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Middle Tennessee up next for Lady Tigers

GAMEDAY
After eight days off, the Tennessee State University women's basketball team will make the short trip to Murfreesboro to take on Middle Tennessee on Sunday, Dec. 18. Game time is slated for a 2 p.m. start in the Murphy Center. The Lady Tigers will look to bounce back following a disappointing road loss at Jackson State last Saturday.

THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (4-6) is coming off a disappointing 67-43 loss to Jackson State on the road last Saturday evening. TSU had its lowest point total and shooting percentage of the season against JSU while tying a season-high 23 turnovers.

As a team, TSU is averaging 64.1 points per outing while shooting 36.8 percent from the field and 29.1 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently shooting only 59.2 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 19.2 turnovers per game. TSU averages 40.9 rebounds, 12.9 assists and 19.2 turnovers per game.

LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State scored the first bucket of the game but suffered a number of scoring droughts that led to trailing30-19 at halftime. The Lady Tigers could never get over the hump and were outscore 37-24 in the second half. Kesi Hess was the only TSU player to reach double-digits with 14 points while Donyeah Mayfield led TSU with nine rebounds. The Lady Tigers finished the game with a 25.4 field goal percentage (26.9 % from long range).

ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Middle Tennessee (6-5) has won two of its last three contests with its most recent loss coming at home to Georgia Tech. The Blue Raiders held a three-point halftime lead but could not hold on, in a 58-47 loss to the visitors. Ebony Rowe led the team with 16 points and nine rebounds while Shanice Cason and Laken Leanard added 13 and 12 respectively. Prior to the loss to GA Tech, MT defeated Xavier, 65-49 on the road.

Overall, the Blue Raiders average 60.2 points per game behind a .378 field goal percentage. Ebony Rowe (15.9 ppg), Kortni Jones (14.3 ppg) and Icelyn Elie (10.7 ppg) lead the team in scoring. Rowe also averages 10.4 rebounds per contest while Icelyn Elie hauls in 7.1 rpg.

TSU  vs. MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Tennessee State and Middle Tennessee will meet for the 44th time in the long series history with MT holding a 33-10 advantage. The Blue Raiders claimed the last meeting between the two teams with an 82-63 victory over the Lady Tigers in the Gentry Center on Dec. 15, 2003. TSU's last win over MT was during the 1998-99 season when the Lady Tigers defeated the Blue Raiders, 82-79, in the first round of the OVC Tournament.

COVERAGE
Live video and live stats will be available on Middle Tennessee's website goblueraiders.com.

TEAM LEADERS
Jasmin Shuler leads TSU in scoring with 15.2 ppg while Destiney Gaston (9.3 ppg), Kesi Hess (7.7 ppg) and Tayla Foster (7.7 ppg) round out the top four scorers for the Lady Tigers. Gaston is pulling down a team-best 4.8 rebounds per game while Simone Hopes averages 4.5 caroms per outing. Rachel Allen leads the team in assists while Gaston also paces TSU with 16 blocks.