Homestand continues with match-up against UTM
Monday, February 18, 2013
Homestand continues with match-up against UTM

The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will play its second game in three days when the Lady Tigers host UT Martin in an OVC match-up on Monday, Feb. 18. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center. 

Tennessee State is coming off a, 54-53, home win over Belmont on Saturday. With the win the Lady Tigers won their third straight and improved to 11-12 overall with a 7-5 mark in the league. TSU is 3-2 at home 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 (12.2 ppg), Simone Hopes (11.5 ppg) and Jasmin Shuler (9.5 ppg). Hopes also leads the Lady Tigers in rebounding with 6.6 boards per outing.

As a team, TSU is averaging 60.7 points per contest while shooting 36.9 percent from the field and 29.0 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently connecting only 67.0 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 16.6 turnovers per game.

TSU averages 37.8 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 10.5 steals per game. The Lady Tigers are under first year head coach Larry Joe Inman.

The Tennessee State University women's basketball team won their third straight contest with a 54-53 win over Belmont University Saturday night in the Gentry Center. TSU saw a double-digit lead disappear within the last five minutes of the game but the Lady Tigers were able to hold the Bruins off. Rachel Allen knocked down what would prove to be the winning free-throw with 17 seconds left to propel the Lady Tigers to the win. Simone Hopes led TSU with 11 points while Kesi Hess added 10. Rachel Allen and Jasmin Shuler added eight points apiece.   

UT Martin is coming off a, 75-61, win over Southeast Missouri at home. The Skyhawks have lost three of their last five and sit in third place in the West Division. UTM has an overall record of 12-14 with a 7-5 OVC mark.

In the Skyhawks' most recent victory over SEMO, four players posted double-digits in scoring led by Jasmine Newsome's 27 points. Newsome also had 10 rebounds for a double-double. Heather Butler posted 23 points while Shelby Crawford (11) and Rickiesha Bryant (10) also registered double-digits. Bryant had a game-high 13 rebounds for a double-double.

As a team, UTM is averaging 71.9 points per game behind a .414 shooting percentage. UTM is shooting .325 from beyond the arc and recording 34.2 rebounds per outing. The Skyhawks register 15.2 assists, 13.3 turnovers and 9.2 steals per contest.

Heather Butler (21.8 ppg) and Jasmine Newsome (21.2 ppg) lead UT Martin in scoring. They are also the OVC's top scoring leaders. Rickiesha Bryant (8.5 ppg) is the third leading scorer and leading rebounder for the Skyhawks. 

Tennessee State and UT Martin will meet for the 56th time in the series history. UTM holds a slight 28-27 series advantage. Last season, UTM claimed both meetings between the two teams, including an OVC record-breaking contest in which the Skyhawks defeated the Lady Tigers, 114-105, in the Gentry Center. UTM won, 105-90, later in the season.


In the 114-105 loss to UTM last season, the point total marked the most points TSU had scored in a game since posting 106 against Valparaiso in the 1990 season. Additionally, the 219 combined points from both teams set a new OVC record as Morehead (110) and EKU (106) previously held the record from the 1992-93 season.

Live video of TSU vs. UTM will be available on

TSU will hit the road to face SIU Edwardsville on Monday, Feb. 25 before returning home to host Morehead State (Feb. 28) and Eastern Kentucky (March 2) in the final regular season games of the season.