Lady Tigers close non-conference slate at No.14 Louisville
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Lady Tigers close non-conference slate at No.14 Louisville


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 There will also be live stats and live video available through Louisville's website.

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 season. 

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.

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 offense. 

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.