NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Monday, the Tennessee State women’s basketball team will tip-off its season with a home exhibition contest against Tennessee Temple.
For TSU, the opening matchup will be an opportunity to showcase its 10 returning letterwinners and five newcomers.
Among those back for the Lady Tigers are seniors Chelsea Hudson and Rachel Allen who averaged 15.4 and 11.4 points per game last season, respectively.
Hudson was Tennessee State’s leading scorer in 15 of the team’s 30 contests and its leading rebounder in 20. She poured in 30 points against Jacksonville State and 36 at Kennesaw State while notching the 20-point mark five times. The Midland, Texas native finished the season ranked fourth in the OVC in overall rebounding and eighth in scoring.
Allen, the 5-5 point guard, was the anchor for the TSU offense, dishing 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per outing as a junior. A native of Clarksville, Tenn., she posted double-digits 20-times and recorded her first career double-double of 12 points and 10 assists against Tennessee Tech.
Tennessee State returns 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).
For Tennessee Temple, the Crusaders enter Monday’s tilt having already played a pair of contests and sitting at 1-1 with a win over Fisk in the team’s opener.
TTU is breaking in a new coach in Monique Blanding and are led on the court by Amanda Rector and Angel Foster, who against Fisk scored 24 and 21 points.
The Crusaders are members of the NCCAA and were 13-14 last season excluding the, 84-60, exhibition loss at Tennessee State.
Tip-off for Monday’s contest is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Gentry Center.