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The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will make the
trip to Kentucky to face No. 14 Louisville in the final non-conference game of
the season. TSU will match-up with the Big East member on Monday, Dec. 31 at
the KFC Yum Center. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. EST. The game will be TSU's
second contest in three days.
Fans can listen to the live broadcast of TSU vs. Louisville online at
TSUTigers.com. There will also be live stats and live video available through
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (4-7, 0-1 OVC) is coming off a disappointing, 76-67,
loss to Eastern Illinois in the Ohio Valley Conference opener on Saturday. The
Lady Tigers have dropped four of their last five and are 2-3 on the road this
Simone Hopes leads the team with 9.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game
while Jasmin Shuler is the second leading scorer with 9.6 ppg. Kesi Hess rounds
out the top three with an average of 9.3 points per outing.
As a team, TSU is averaging 56.9 points per outing while shooting 35.8
percent from the field and 26.7 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently
shooting only 67.8 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average
of 17.3 turnovers per game.
TSU averages 36.1 rebounds, 9.9 assists and 9.7 steals per game. The
Lady Tigers are under first year head coach Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
The Lady Tigers led at the break but got outscored in the second frame
on the way to a, 76-67, loss to Eastern Illinois in the Ohio Valley Conference opener. TSU shot 42.1 percent
in the contest but EIU knocked down 58.5 of its shots from the floor. TSU
knocked down seven three-pointers in the game but lost the battle of the
boards, 34-26. Kesi Hess led TSU with 19 points behind five triples while
Simone Hopes added 13 points and four rebounds. Destiney Gaston came off the
bench to score 10 points in 13 minutes.
No. 14 Louisville is off
to an 11-2 start on the season. The Cardinals only two losses were to Kentucky
and Colorado. The Big East member has faced and defeated three other OVC
schools this season: Austin Peay, UT Martin and Eastern Kentucky.
The Big East Member has won two straight including the most recent win
over Wagner College, 106-32. In the victory over Wagner, Louisville posted a
season-high 106 points and had nine players to score in double-figures.
Megan Deines led the way with a career-high 19 points, Jude Schimmel
added career-highs with 15 points and eight steals, and Sara Hammond
contributed with 14.
As a team, Louisivlle averages over 75 points per game behind a 46.5
shooting percentage. The Cardinals average 40.8 rebounds, 15.8 assists and 13.2
steals per game.
Sara Hammond (12.3 ppg and Shoni Schimmel (11.3 ppg) pace the Cardinal
TSU vs. LOUISVILLE
Tennessee State and Louisville will meet for the fifth time in the
history of the programs with the series tied at 2-all. The last time these two
teams met was back in 1987. In '87, TSU and Louisville played twice and split,
1-1. UofL claimed the first meeting, 86-63, before TSU answered with a 78-65
victory later in the season.
TSU will return to Ohio Valley Conference action on Saturday, January
5 at Jacksonville State before matching up with Tennessee Tech two days later
on Jan. 7.