Women's Basketball Returns Home to Face Martin Methodist
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Women's Basketball Returns Home to Face Martin Methodist
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team returns to action on its home court after nearly a week and a half off. TSU will host Martin Methodist on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center for “Faith & Family” Day. Discounted tickets are available for those that bring a church program to the game.
Tennessee State is coming off a win over North Florida on Dec. 6. The Lady Tigers defeated the Ospreys, 67-51, on the road. The win snapped a five-game losing skid and moved TSU to 2-7 on the season. 
After eight games, TSU is averaging 65.9 points per outing while shooting 36.1 percent from the field. Chelsea Hudson leads the team in scoring with 18.3 points per game while Rachel Allen (11.3 ppg) and I’mani Davis (7.1 ppg) round out the top scorers for TSU.
The Lady Tigers, under second year head coach Larry Joe Inman, returned four letterwinners from last year’s squad and added eight newcomers, including seven freshmen, to the roster.
TSU finished last season with an overall record of 13-15 and a 9-7 conference mark. In an Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll that was released in October, TSU was predicted to finish fifth in the East Division standings.
Tennessee State snapped a five-game losing streak by knocking off North Florida, 67-51, on the road. TSU outrebounded the Ospreys, 44-37, and only committed 12 turnovers in the game. The Lady Tigers also made eight three-pointers in the contest. Chelsea Hudson finished the game with 24 points after scoring 19 in the second half. Rachel Allen tallied 16 points while I’mani Davis just missed a double-double with 10 rebounds and nine points. 
Martin Methodist (10-2) has won six straight, including the most recent road win over Fisk University. The Redhawks defeated the Bulldogs, 82-67, in Nashville.
The victory over Fisk was the second of the season as Martin Methodist swept the series. In first win over Fisk, Nina Mills led the team with 17 point and 11 rebounds while Rachel Brown also tallied a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards. Kelsey Nowlin (14) and Kyra Knight (11) also posted double-figures.
A member of the Southern States Conference in the NAIA, Martin Methodist is averaging 73.0 points per game behind a .382 field goal percentage. The Redhawks are shooting 24.4 percent from three-point range.
Destinee Smith (12.7 ppg), Ki Conner (8.0 ppg) and Raneisha Lamar (7.4 ppg) lead the Ospreys in scoring.
Tennessee State and Martin Methodist will meet for the first time in the series history.
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Live stats and a free video stream will also be available for the TSU vs. Martin Methodist game. Links can be found on tsutigers.com under the schedule.
TSU will make the trip to Knoxville to take on the UT Lady Vols on Dec. 17.