Women's basketball returns to action vs. SEMO
Friday, January 11, 2013
Women's basketball returns to action vs. SEMO


After a week off, the Tennessee State University women's basketball team will return to action against Southeast Missouri on Monday, Jan. 14. Tip-off for the Ohio Valley Conference match-up is slated for 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.  

Tennessee State (5-9, 1-2 OVC) is coming off a tough, 80-77, road loss to Tennessee Tech last Monday. TSU battled back to take the lead after trailing by as many as 15 but couldn't hold off Tech down the stretch.

Tennessee State's three top leading scorers are Jasmin Shuler (10.1 ppg), Kesi Hess (9.5 ppg), and Simone Hopes (8.9 ppg). Hopes also leads the Lady Tigers in rebounding with 6.7 boards per outing.

As a team, TSU is averaging 58.3 points per contest while shooting 36.1 percent from the field and 28.0 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently shooting only 68.0 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 17.9 turnovers per game.

TSU averages 35.7 rebounds, 10.2 assists and 10.0 steals per game. The Lady Tigers are under first year head coach Larry Joe Inman.

Tennessee State played its most complete game of the season and came away with an 88-68 victory over Jacksonville State on the road Saturday afternoon. Four players scored in double-digits led by Kesi Hess' 22 points. Hess knocked down six three-pointers in the contest. Destiney Gaston came off the bench to score 18 while Jasmin Shuler added 16. Chelsea Hudson nearly recorded a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds. TSU shot 53.4 percent from the field and had 15 steals in the game.

Southeast Missouri picked up a pair of OVC wins last week against Austin Peay (71-57) and Murray State (70-58) before defeating Saint Louis (59-52) in its most recent outing. 

The win over SLU, improved the Redhawks to 8-8 overall and extended their win streak to three games. SEMO is currently 2-1 in the league.

Jordan Hunter leads the team in scoring with 10.9 points per game while Bailie Roberts follows with 10.6 ppg. Patricia Mack is the team's leading rebounder with 9.0 caroms per contest.

As a team, SEMO averages 58.8 points per game behind a 37.9 field goal percentage. The Redhawks shoot 30.7 percent from the three-point line and 70 percent from the charity stripe.

Southeast Missouri registers 39.6 rebounds, 12.1 assists, 6.4 steals and 2.6 blocks per game.

Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech will meet for the 57th time in the series history, with TTU leading, 46-10.  Tech has won five straight over TSU. The Golden Eagles swept the series last season by defeating the Lady Tigers 80-71 in the Eblen Center and 78-66 in the Gentry Center. TSU's last win against TTU, was a, 65-62, win in the Eblen Center (1/12/10).

Live video of TSU vs. Southeast Missouri will be available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com.

The Lady Tigers will travel across town to face Belmont on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Curb Event Center before hosting Jacksonville State on Jan. 23 in the Gentry Center.