Women's basketball continues road swing at EKU
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Women's basketball continues road swing at EKU


The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will return to action on Monday, Jan. 28 at Eastern Kentucky. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m. (cst) in McBrayer Arena. The game will be the Lady Tigers' second in three days.

Tennessee State is coming off a, 68-56, win over Morehead State on Saturday. With the win the Lady Tigers improved to 8-10 overall and 4-3 in league play. TSU is 2-2 on the road in league play this season. The Lady Tigers are fourth in the OVC East Division standings.

Tennessee State's three top leading scorers are Kesi Hess (11.7 ppg), Simone Hopes (10.3 ppg) and Jasmin Shuler (9.2 ppg). Hopes also leads the Lady Tigers in rebounding with 6.8 boards per outing.

As a team, TSU is averaging 59.6 points per contest while shooting 36.1 percent from the field and 28.0 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently shooting only 68.4 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 17.3 turnovers per game.

TSU averages 36.2 rebounds, 10.4 assists and 9.9 steals per game. The Lady Tigers are under first year head coach Larry Joe Inman.

The Tennessee State University women's basketball used a strong second-half effort to defeat Morehead State, 68-56, on the road Saturday night. After playing to a 30-30 deadlock, TSU used a 15-2 run to open up the lead in the second half. The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Kesi Hess with 21 points while Simone Hopes added 18. Avery Jones chipped in 14 points while Rachel Allen dished out six assists.

Eastern Kentucky is coming off a, 55-51, win over Belmont on Saturday. With the win, the Colonels improved to 11-7 and 5-2 in the OVC. EKU is 9-1 at home this season.

In the win over Belmont, Alex Jones recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds while Raechele Gray posted 10. Jade Barber finished the game with 10 rebounds.

As a team, EKU averages 60.4 points per game behind a .376 shooting percentage. The Colonels shoot 31.4 percent from the three-point line and 69.9 percent from the charity stripe.

Jade Barber leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 12.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Brittany Coles also averages double-digits with 10.3 ppg.

Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky will meet for the 51st time with EKU holding a 35-15 advantage. Last season EKU claimed both regular season meetings as well as a match-up in the first round of the OVC tournament. The Colonels have won four straight over the Lady Tigers. TSU's last win over EKU was a, 62-52, victory in the Gentry Center (12/21/10).

Live video of TSU vs. Eastern Kentucky will be available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com.

Tennessee State will host Tennessee Tech in the Gentry Center on, Monday Feb. 4. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.