Lady Tigers Host Kennesaw State in Home Opener
Monday, November 17, 2014
Lady Tigers Host Kennesaw State in Home Opener

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The Tennessee State University women’s basketball will play its first home game of the 2014-15 season on Monday, Nov. 17 against Kennesaw State. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. in the Gentry Center.

THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State dropped its season opener to ACC opponent NC State Friday night on the road. The Lady Tigers fell to the Wolfpack, 84-55, after committing 21 turnovers and only shooting 32.8 % from the field and 23.5 % from three-point range.a

Last season Tennessee State finished fourth in the OVC East Division with a league mark of 9-7 (12-18 overall). Under the guidance of third year head coach Larry Inman, the Lady Tigers returned 10 letterwinners from last year’s team including preseason All-OVC selection Chelsea Hudson. Hudson led TSU with 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season while posting nine double-doubles throughout the course of the year.

Senior Rachel Allen also returned. The 5-5 point guard was the anchor for the TSU offense averaging 11.4 points, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per outing as a junior.

Tennessee State returned four starters and 86 percent of its offense from a year ago. Last season TSU led the OVC in offensive rebounds (16.2) while ranking second in steals (8.9) and fourth in scoring offense (69.4).

LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State got off to a 5-0 lead but NC State took control of the game and led by as many as 32 points before going on to win, 84-55, in the Lady Tigers’ season opener. Brianna Lawrence was the only TSU player that managed to score in double-digits as the Lady Tigers struggled shooting the ball. TSU went 19-of-58 from the field, including 4-of-17 from three-point range. For the game, TSU only made 13-of-25 from the free-throw line. 

ABOUT THE OPPONENT
For the first time since the 2007-08 season, Kennesaw State won its season opening game as the Owls started off the 2014-15 campaign with a 68-61 victory over the College of Charleston on Friday.

The Owls had four players contribute double figure point totals, led by redshirt-senior Breonna Mosely, who made her KSU debut with a game-high 19 points, including a 6-of-11 effort from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 mark from the free throw line. Senior Kristina Wells added 14 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Deandrea Sawyers registered 12 points and a career-high nine boards in the win.

KSU returned four starters from a team that went 6-24 last season. The A-Sun Conference member also added six newcomers.

TSU vs. KENNESAW STATE
Tennessee State will match up Kennesaw State for only the second time in the series history. KSU claimed the first meeting between the two teams last season with a, 70-68, win at the KSU Convocation Center.

LAST TIME THEY MET
TSU built a double-digit lead on KSU by the 4:31 mark of the first half but KSU closed out the frame with a 15-2 run to take a one-point lead into the halftime break. The rest of the game was a fierce battle that went down to the wire. With the game tied at 68 and less than one second on the clock, a loose ball foul was called on TSU as both teams went for a rebound.  KSU went to the line and made both free-throws. TSU was not able to get a shot off in the time remaining. Chelsea Hudson finished the game with a double-double of 36 points and 10 rebounds while Rachel Allen added 10 points and six steals. Ty-Nita Baker (24) and Aareon Smith (11) led KSU in scoring.

COVERAGE
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Live stats and video will also be available for the games. Links can be found on tsutigers.com under the schedule.

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