In a game that has playoff implications, the Tennessee State University women's basketball team will return to action against Morehead State on Thursday, Feb. 28 at home. Tip-off for the midday contest is slated for 12 noon in the Gentry Center. Prior to the game, there will be an exhibition as a part of the Sport Girls Rock Experience that will also take place.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State is coming off a hard-fought road loss to SIU Edwardsville on Monday night. TSU dropped the contest, 75-69, to SIUE on the Cougars' senior night. With the loss the Lady Tigers fell to 11-14 and 7-7 in the conference. The loss was the second straight for the Lady Tigers who sit in fourth place in the OVC East Division standings.
With the OVC Tournament approaching, each game down the stretch is crucial. The Lady Tigers have an opportunity to clench a berth in the tournament for the fifth consecutive season with a win over MSU on Thursday.
As a team, TSU is averaging 60.9 points per contest while shooting 36.4 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently connecting only 66.8 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 16.4 turnovers per game.
TSU averages 38.0 rebounds, 10.6 assists and 9.4 steals per game. The Lady Tigers are under first year head coach Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
The Tennessee State University women's basketball team let a double-digit lead slip away and couldn't connect late in the game as the Lady Tigers fell to SIU Edwardsville, 75-69, on the road. Jasmin Shuler tallied a season-best 25 points and Kesi Hess added 21 but it wasn't enough. Simone Hopes was held to only six points while grabbing eight rebounds. Rachel Allen also dished out nine assists before fouling out of the game with five minutes left.
ABOUT MOREHEAD STATE
Morehead State is most recently coming off a, 56-48, loss to Murray State. The loss dropped MSU to 9-19 overall and 5-9 in league play. The Eagles are currently in fifth place in the OVC East Division, just out of tournament contention. MSU will need to win both of its next two games in order to make the tournament.
In the Eagles' most recent loss to Murray State, MSU shot 83.3 percent from the free-throw line on 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. Terrice Robinson led the team with 18 points while Allie Turner added 11. Mackenzie Arledge finished the contest with a game-high 10 rebounds.
As a team, MSU is averaging 56.1 points per game behind a .375 shooting percentage. MSU is shooting .310 from beyond the arc and recording 28.9 rebounds per outing. The Eagles register 11.6 assists, 16.5 turnovers and 8.0 steals per contest.
Terrice Robinson is the leading scorer for Morehead State with 17.3 points per game. Almesha Jones averages 11.2 points per outing while Allie Turner (7.1 ppg) is the third leading scorer for the Eagles.
Morehead State is third in the OVC in free-throw percentage while Robinson and Jones rank among the league's leaders in scoring and steals, respectively.
TSU vs. Morehead State
Tennessee State and Morehead State will meet for the 49th time in the series history. Although TSU has won the last two games, MSU holds a 30-18 series advantage. Last month, the Lady Tigers claimed the first meeting between the two teams, 68-56, in Pete Mathews Coliseum.
Live video of TSU vs. MSU will be available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com.
TSU will close out the regular season at home on Saturday, March 2 against Eastern Kentucky. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.