The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 10 at SIU Edwardsville in the team’s first OVC road contest. Game time is slated for 4:00 p.m. in the Vadalabene Center. The match-up with SIUE is the first of a three-game road swing.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (5-8, 2-0 OVC) improved to 2-0 in OVC play for the first time since the 1999-00 season after defeating Eastern Illinois, 57-44, in the Gentry Center.
Chelsea Hudson is leading the team in scoring with 13.8 points and a team second best 6.7 rpg. Briana Morrow is leading the team in rebounds with 7.2 rpg while I’mani Davis (8.2 ppg) and Brianna Lawrence (7.8 ppg) round out the top scorers.
TSU is shooting 37.0 percent from the field while averaging 62.2 points per outing. The Lady Tigers have struggled shooting from the free-throw line, only connecting on 60.9 percent of their attempts but force opponents to 21.4 turnovers per game.
The Lady Tigers are led by third year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
After shaking off a slow start, TSU pounced on Eastern Illinois in the second half and defeated the Panthers, 57-44, in the Gentry Center. The win gave TSU a 2-0 start in league play for the first time since the 1999-00 season. The Lady Tigers forced 28 turnovers and turned the miscues into 20 points. TSU also shot a season-best 88.2 percent from the free-throw line. I’mani Davis led TSU with 15 points and nine rebounds.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
SIU Edwardsville (7-9, 2-1 OVC) dropped its first OVC contest, 72-69, to Jacksonville State but has won two straight to improve to 2-1 in league play.
In the most recent win over preseason favorite Belmont, SIUE outscored its opponent, 38-22, in the second half. The Cougars knocked off the Bruins, 67-52 behind a game-high 17 points from Micah Jones. Tierny Austin had 14 while Gwen Adams scored 11.
The Cougars average 66.9 points per game while shooting 40.8 percent from the field. SIUE is only shooting 28.2 percent from three-point range but connects on 73.5 percent of its free-throw attempts. Tierny Austin (13.0 ppg) leads the team in scoring while Shronda Butts (12.9 ppg) and Gwen Adams (9.9 ppg) round out the top three scorers for SIUE.
TSU and SIUE will meet for the 6th time in the series history with the Cougars holding a 4-1 advantage. TSU dropped the only meeting between the teams last season, 74-66, in the Vadalabene Center.
The Lady Tigers will remain on the road to face Murray State (Jan. 15) and Austin Peay (Jan. 17) before returning home.
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Live stats and video through OVCDigitalNetwork.com will also be available. Links can be found on tsutigers.com under the schedule.