Lady Tigers Return to Action on Saturday
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Jacksonville State. The Lady Tigers will face the Gamecocks at 2:00 p.m. in the Pete Mathews Coliseum.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (12-12, 9-4 OVC) won its fourth consecutive game after defeating Eastern Kentucky, 86-74, last Saturday. The Lady Tigers are currently in third place in the OVC standings and have won five straight on the road.
The Lady Tigers are led in scoring by redshirt Senior Chelsea Hudson who averages 14.0 points per game. Hudson also leads the team in rebounding with 8.1 per outing while Briana Morrow pulls down a team second-best 6.3 rpg. I’mani Davis is TSU’s second leading scorer with 10.0 ppg as Brianna Lawrence (8.5 ppg) rounds out the top three scorers.
TSU is shooting 37.3 percent from the field while averaging 66.1 points per outing. The Lady Tigers have struggled from the free-throw line, only connecting on 61.7 percent of their attempts but force opponents to 21.2 turnovers per game.
The Lady Tigers are led by third year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State overcame a slow start and a 13-point deficit in an, 86-74, victory over Eastern Kentucky last Saturday. TSU outscored EKU, 48-33, in the second half. Briana Morrow led TSU with 24 points to go with 13 points for a double-double while I’mani Davis registered 23 points in the game. Chelsea Hudson notched her eighth double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 boards. The Lady Tigers held the advantage in points in the paint, 44-26, and rebounding, 57-42.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Jacksonville State (17-8, 8-5 OVC) had won four straight before falling to Belmont last week. The Gamecocks are recently coming off a, 67-58, victory over Tennessee Tech and have won five out of their last six contests.
Candace Morton leads JSU in scoring with 12.2 points per game while Destany McLin (12.0 ppg) also averages double-digits. Briana Benson is the third leading scorer on the team with 9.7 points per outing.
The Gamecocks are shooting .380 from the field while posting 64.8 points per contest. JSU is shooting 33.8 percent from three-point range and 69.3 percent from the charity stripe.
TSU will match up with Jacksonville State for the 28th time with JSU holding a 14-13 advantage. The Gamecocks have won the last two meetings, including a 63-50, victory over the Lady Tigers last month in the Gentry Center.
LAST TIME THEY MET
TSU dropped its third-consecutive conference home game to Jacksonville State, 63-50.
TSU trailed by just three at halftime, but shot 24.1 percent in the second half.
I’mani Davis led the Lady Tigers with 11 points, while Rachel Allen and Chelsea Hudson chipped in with 10 apiece.
Destany McLin led JSU (15-7, 6-4 OVC) with 16 points and Candace Morton poured in 14.