The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Friday, March 20 against Kentucky in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Lady Tigers will tip-off against the Wildcats at 2:30 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (18-12) won its 10th consecutive game after defeating UT Martin, 64-60, in the Championship of the OVC Tournament. As the No. 3 seed, TSU defeated Morehead State before upsetting the top two seeds on the way to the title. The overtime victory against UTM in the final extended TSU’s winning streak to ten games which is the Lady Tiger program’s record for most consecutive wins.
The Lady Tigers are led in scoring by redshirt senior Chelsea Hudson who averages 14.4 points per game. Hudson also leads the team in rebounding with 7.7 per outing while Briana Morrow pulls down a team second-best 5.8 rpg. I’mani Davis is TSU’s second leading scorer with 10.1 ppg as Brianna Lawrence (8.7 ppg) and Rachel Allen (8.5 ppg) round out the top scorers.
TSU is shooting 38.5 percent from the field while averaging 67.4 points per outing. The Lady Tigers have struggled from the free-throw line, only connecting on 61.6 percent of their attempts but force opponents to 20.3 turnovers per game.
The Lady Tigers are led by third year Hall of Fame coach Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
It took overtime but the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team upset UT Martin, 64-60, in the OVC Championship game. The Lady Tigers shot 40.7 percent from the field and knocked down seven three-pointers in the contest. Brianna Lawrence led TSU with 22 points while Rachel Allen added 13. Aisha Jones finished the game with 23 points
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
No. 10 Kentucky (18-12) had won four straight before falling to Tennessee in the SEC Championship game. The Wildcats fell to the Lady Vols, 75-64, before earning a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Makayla Epps leads UK in scoring with 14.5 points per game while Jennifer O’Niell (14.4 ppg) also averages double-digits. Linnae Harper (11.4), Janee Thompson (10.1) and Bria Goss (9.0) round out the top scorers for Kentucky.
The Wildcats are shooting .395 from the field while posting 74.4 points per contest. UK is shooting 28.0 percent from three-point range and 67.1 percent from the charity stripe.
TSU will match up with EKU for the fifth time with the Wildcats holding a 4-0 advantage. TSU fell to UK earlier in the season, 87-75, in Memorial Coliseum. TSU has never face UK in the NCAA Tournament.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The Lady Tigers played a tough game but ultimately fell to the then No. 12 Wildcats, 87-75, in Memorial Coliseum.
TSU got off to a good start and used a 9-2 spurt to go ahead, 16-8. UK responded with a 20-2 run to take the lead. The Lady Tigers continued to fight and trailed by four with minutes left. Despite the team’s efforts, TSU could not complete the comeback.
Brianna Lawrence led TSU with 19 points while Chelsea Hudson added 16. I’mani Davis recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
EKU was led in scoring by Alexis Jenning’s 27 points. Linnae Harper (17) and Makayla Epps (16) also tallied double-digits.